US enhances steel trade monitoring system

The US Department of Commerce on Friday released an enhanced version of its Global Steel Trade Monitor in an effort to provide users with the ability to better track global markets.

The improvements rolled out Friday include the ability for users to create graphs and charts to compare changes in trade patterns between two steel trading countries or two groups of steel products at one time, a function not previously available.

As with the original monitor, this enhanced version can generate more than 20,000 detailed charts for five standard aggregate steel mill product categories: flat, long, pipe and tube, semi-finished, and stainless products across the top 20 global steel importing and exporting countries, Commerce said.

The original interactive monitor was launched in September 2018.

— Justine Coyne