In 2015, U.S. Metal Window and Door Imports Recovered from a Recession Slump, Supported by Reviving Housing Starts and Non-Residential Construction

Structural Metal Products June 28, 2016
Author: Irina Andreeva
Market Analyst

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The U.S. ranks first in global imports of metal windows and doors, accounting for a 12% share (based on USD). It was followed by Japan (8%), France (7%), Saudi Arabia (7%), and Germany (6%). In 2015, U.S. metal window and door imports totaled 850 million USD, which was 121 million USD (17%) more than the year before.

From 2007 to 2015, U.S. metal window and door imports showed steep fluctuations. A drastic drop in 2009 spilled over to 2010 with another 19% decline. The recovery started in 2011 and continued to 2015, accelerating by the end of the period. In 2015, U.S. metal window and door imports surpassed the pre-recession level of 2008.

As a global leader in imports, the U.S. remains one of the most attractive destinations for overseas suppliers.

Canada and China were the main suppliers of metal windows and doors into the U.S., with a combined 62% share of total U.S. imports in 2015. China was the fastest growing supplier (+7.2% per year) from 2007 to 2015, while imports from Canada declined by -2.4% per year over the same period. China significantly strengthened its position in the U.S. import structure, from 14% in 2007 to 23% in 2015. By contrast, Canada's share declined by -11 percentage points to 39%.

From 2007 to 2015, the U.S. was a net importer of metal windows and doors. However, exports showed a solid upward trend over the period under review, while imports only reached their recovery point in 2015.

Net US imports of metal windows and doors varied considerably over the period under review. A downward trend seen from 2007 to 2011 turned into growth through to 2015, resulting in a significant trade deficit of 420 million USD.

Source: U.S. Metal Window And Door Market. Analysis And Forecast to 2020