What is the difference between 304 Stainless Steel made in China and made in the US?

What is the difference between 304 Stainless Steel made in China and made in the US?

The chemical composition of 304 Stainless Steel made in China is: 0CR19Ni9. Such composition is within the requirements in respect of ASTM A240 as follows. From this perspective there is no major difference between 304 Stainless Steel made in China and made in the US.

Chemical Composition (ASTM A240)

SXoCMnPSSiCrNi
304   
304L
0.08 max    
0.03 max
2.0   
max
0.045   
max
0.030   
max
1.0   
max
18.0 to   
20.0
8.0 to 10.50    
8.0 – 12.0

 

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