EU votes in favor of provisional safeguard measures

European Union voted on July 5th in favor of provisional measures against steel imports under the scope the safeguard investigation launched as a response to Section 232 tariffs in the US. The European Commission has proposed a combination of a quota and a tariff as expected. The quota will be based on import volumes over recent years and a 25 percent tariff will apply for the volumes exceeding that amount.  Read More

Short Range Outlook : July 2018

Global long steel products market impacted more and more by protectionism, though demand performs well The global long steel products market is feeling the effects of protectionism more and more every day. Canada has started another investigation on imports, the third within a period of only 12 months. The EU is expected to announce quotas based on the average import volumes of the preceding three years, as a result of its safeguard investigation.... Read More

Short Range Outlook : June 2018

Global long steel market to see some stability in short term after Section 232 decision The global long steel products market is expected to see some stability in the short term after the US imposed tariffs on steel imports from June 1 on the European Union, Canada and México, which were all exempted from the tariffs during May. The Section 232 measures are now the same for the EU, Turkey, Canada and México, but the uncertainty in the market has... Read More

No deal: US puts tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from EU, Canada and Mexico

US commerce secretary Wilbur Ross has said that a 25 percent tariff on steel imports and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum imports from the EU, Canada and Mexico will go into effect at midnight, June 1. In March, the US imposed 25 percent duty on steel imports, while granting exemptions to the EU and some other countries until May 1, before later extending the deadline until June 1. Canada, Mexico, and the European Union have already vowed to retaliate... Read More

EU notifies WTO of potential counter-measures on certain US products

The World Trade Organization (WTO) has announced that the European Union (EU) has notified the WTO’s Council for Trade in Goods of its proposed suspension of concessions and other obligations that are substantially equivalent to the amount of trade affected by the measures imposed by the United States (US). Accordingly, the EU has stated that it reserves its right to take counter-measures against the US tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. According... Read More

IREPAS in Warsaw: Confusion and uncertainty in the global market

The 78th meeting of IREPAS (International Rebar Exporters and Producers Association) was held in Warsaw, Poland on May 6-8, 2018. There were 117 producer representatives among the 320 registered delegates from 48 different countries. There were also 62 registrations representing 40 different raw material suppliers. At the opening of the conference, Murat Cebecioglu, chairman of IREPAS emphasized that there is obvious confusion and uncertainty in the... Read More

Turkey has launched a safeguard investigation on certain steel products

According to a statement from the Turkish Ministry of Economy, Turkey has launched a safeguard investigation on imports of certain steel products to determine if these imports harm or threaten to harm domestic steel producers. Products subject to the investigation include certain flat, long, pipe and hollow sections, railway and tram line components and stainless flat steel products. The product scope of the investigation may change pertaining to... Read More

Short Range Outlook : April 2018

Confusion and uncertainty reign in global long products market There is obvious confusion and uncertainty in the global long steel products market triggered by the announcement of new tariffs on steel imports by President Trump as a result of the Section 232 investigation in the US, the subsequent exemptions from these tariffs, and the resulting safeguard investigation announced in the EU. Major exporters to the US – Canada, Mexico, Brazil,... Read More

US adds EU, Brazil, Argentina, Australia, and South Korea to temporary tariff exemption list

US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer announced that the European Union, Brazil, Argentina, Australia, and South Korea will be temporarily excluded from the 25 percent tariff on steel and 10 percent tariff on aluminum under the Section 232 which is set to go into effect for all other countries Friday, March 23. According to media reports, Lighthizer told the Senate Finance Committee that the Trump administration would base exemptions on “a... Read More

Short Range Outlook : February 2018

Global supply-demand balance for long products still looks good but caution needed on supply side While the supply and demand balance in the global long steel products market still looks good, the supply side is gearing up. Supply pressure is not expected to create big problems in the short run but may be an issue in the medium term if demand is not able to cope with it. Even Chinese companies have learned that dollars are more important than tonnages.... Read More

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