Short Range Outlook : February 2021

Sentiment improves in global longs market, concerns remain for February and March Despite some very good margins for December, the global long steel products market is facing more concerns for February and March. China did increase its presence in the export markets and did enter at prices comparable to other sources, but ended up lowering its prices quite quickly. In the current global market circumstances, sentiment is better and so a return to... Read More

Short Range Outlook : January 2021

Short supply in global longs market, full impact of vaccines remains to be seen Supply is still on the short side in the global long steel products market and this situation will probably not change until the second quarter. Chinese demand for raw materials and semi-finished products has been providing the main boost to the markets. As vaccines have started to be released, depleted supply chains have to be replenished, with plans being made for stronger... Read More

China officially announces new standards and allows scrap imports

The China Ministry of Ecology and Environment has announced that starting from January 1, 2021, it officially allows imports of scrap as a recycled steel raw material. Scrap under HS codes 7204100010, 7204210010, 7204290010, 7204410010 and 7204490030 is classified as recycled steel raw material and can be free of the ban. For now only these HS codes were announced as allowed for imports. No further details have been announced officially yet regarding... Read More

Short Range Outlook : December 2020

Global longs market gradually scrabbling back towards normalization The global long steel products market is gradually scrabbling back towards normalization. As effective vaccines are being rolled out, the markets are realizing that we are returning to normal. Business is flourishing. Supply chains are currently restocking and orders are solid, while production levels are not keeping up. Much better situation prevails now in terms of market prices The... Read More

Short Range Outlook : November 2020

Global longs market becomes even more regionalized amid widespread protectionism The global long steel products market is becoming even more regionalized. All the safeguard measures, tariffs and antidumping and countervailing cases are reducing the global exchange of products more and more. The Covid-19 pandemic gives producers in certain markets the pretext to lobby their governments with even more arguments to get their domestic markets protected... Read More

EU initiates expiry review on imports of wire rod from China

The European Commission has announced that it has initiated an expiry review of the antidumping duty on imports of wire rod from China. The application for the review was filed by the European Steel Association (EUROFER), alleging that the expiry of the existing measures would be likely to result in continuation or recurrence of dumping and injury to the EU industry. The investigation of a continuation or recurrence of dumping will cover the period... Read More

83rd IREPAS meeting : Global long steel demand more or less same as before pandemic

The  83rd meeting of IREPAS (the International Rebar Exporters and Producers Association) was held as a virtual event to ensure the health and well-being of all participants, on September 21, 2020 in conjunction with the SteelOrbis Fall’20 Conference. There were 205 producer representatives among the 627 registered delegates from a total of 53 different countries. There were also 73 registrations representing 35 different raw material suppliers. At... Read More

Short Range Outlook : September 2020

Global longs market driven by signals from China, sees greater regionalization The situation in the global long steel products market has not changed much since last month. Almost the whole market is driven by daily news and signals from China. It seems that, apart from China, there seems to be a smaller other global market. Buyers and producers are acting more regionally due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic and safeguard measures. The overall... Read More

Short Range Outlook : July 2020

Global longs demand not as bad as reported, some mills more fortunate than others The situation in the global long steel products market has not changed much since last month. There has been a reduction in both supply and demand around the world, except in China where output keeps growing. Demand in the global long steel products market is indeed not as bad as the newspapers and media outlets report. However, the mills operating at more than 60 percent... Read More

Short Range Outlook : June 2020

Global longs export markets shrink further amid protectionism, Russians dominate As expected, things are getting more difficult for exporters in the global steel market. The EU opened fire with an antidumping investigation on HRC imports from Turkey, with Turkey firing back with duties on steel products from the EU. Canada started a similar investigation against imports of heavy plates from several countries, while Egypt has been working on a 10 percent... Read More

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