According to export data from the US Department of Commerce, US exports of heavy structural shapes (including U, I, H, L, and T section beams) totaled 36,984 mt in March 2020, up 2.9 percent from February and up 40.5 percent from March 2019 levels. By value, beam exports totaled $33.4 million in March, compared to $31.9 million in the previous month and $25.9 million the same month last year.
The US shipped the most beams to Canada in March with 28,120 mt, compared to 27,132 mt in February and 20,763 mt in March 2019. Other top destinations included Mexico, with 5,494 mt; and Dominican Republic, with 1,315 mt. There were no other significant destinations (1,000 mt or more) for US beam exports in March.