Canada and Mexico officially lift retaliatory tariffs against the US

According to multiple news reports, Canada and Mexico on Monday lifted retaliatory tariffs on US goods, including steel,  aluminum, whiskey and beef, after the US lifted on Friday Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from the two countries. All three countries are currently working on ratifying the new USMCA trade deal. Canada and Mexico had both insisted previously that the tariffs be lifted before the trade deal was implemented.  Read More

US to lift Section 232 tariffs on Canadian and Mexican imports

In a joint statement today, the US and Canadian governments announced the US will lift Section 232 duties on steel and aluminum imports from Canada and Mexico, in anticipation of ratifying the new USMCA trade deal. Canada in turn will remove retaliatory tariffs on US exports to the country. In addition, the US and Canada will drop all pending litigation in the World Trade Organization related to the tariffs, set up measures to prevent “unfairly... Read More

CITT has not recommended final safeguard duty for rebar or wire rods

The Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) has recommended final safeguard duties for only two steel products, i.e., heavy plate and stainless steel wire, from among the seven steel products that have already been subject to provisional safeguard duties since October 2018. For the remaining five products, the CITT has either found no increase in imports or found that imports have not harmed the Canadian steel industry. In October 2018, Canada... Read More

Short Range Outlook : March 2019

Positive mood prevails in global long steel products market despite virus of protectionism The global long steel products market is currently in a positive mood amid good demand worldwide. Had there not been protectionist actions like additional tariffs, quotas or safeguard measures, the global business scenario would be much better. Protectionism is like a virus, expanding and hurting the international trade environment as we knew it. Canada and... Read More

Canada exempts Mexico from safeguard measures on wire rod imports

Canadian finance minister Bill Morneau has exempted NAFTA ally Mexico from controversial safeguard measures on imports of energy tubular products and wire rod, as reported by Canada-based CBC News. Accordingly, the imports of these products from Mexico will no longer cost an extra 25 percent, effective as of February 2, 2019. The duties already paid by Mexican steel purchasers will be refunded. Finance minister Morneau’s spokesperson Pierre-Olivier... Read More

Short Range Outlook : December 2018

Global long steel market facing many unknowns amid protectionism and price corrections There is huge uncertainty in the global long steel products market as there are a lot of unknowns against the backdrop of protectionist measures and price corrections. US-China ceasefire may reduce volatility in international market The trade dispute between the US and China has been kicked down the road for another 90 days. The ceasefire in the trade war between... Read More

Short Range Outlook : November 2018

Global long steel industry in better position now despite tariffs and other issues The global long steel products market has been off balance recently, and the general situation has gotten marginally worse. One of the leading indicators of the worsening in the market is that the current Turkish spread between import scrap and rebar prices is now the lowest value observed since August 2017. The number shows a downward movement of $55/mt from the peak... Read More

Canada announced provisional safeguards on imports of seven steel products

On October 11, the Government of Canada announced that it will be imposing provisional safeguards starting on October 25, 2018 on imports of seven steel products and also ordered the Canadian International Trade Tribunal to investigate whether more long-term safeguard measures are necessary. The provisional safeguards will remain in place for 200 days from October 25, expiring on May 13, 2019. The products affected by the safeguards include concrete... Read More

Short Range Outlook : October 2018

Global long steel market still in equilibrium though regional differences observed The  global long steel products market still seems to be in equilibrium in terms of supply and demand. However, the steel trade is becoming more and more regional and so different supply and demand situations may be observed in various regions. Accordingly, although the overall market is generally stable, there are fluctuations seen in certain regions. Sharp increase... Read More

IREPAS in Istanbul: All eyes on protectionist measures as IREPAS celebrates its 35th anniversary with record attendance

The 79th meeting of IREPAS (International Rebar Exporters and Producers Association) was held in Istanbul, Turkey on September 16-18, 2018. There were 139 producer representatives among the record 519 registered delegates from a total of 52 different countries. There were also 84 registrations representing 45 different raw material suppliers. At the opening of the conference which celebrated the 35th year of this bi-annual meeting, Murat Cebecioglu,... Read More

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