EU reduces increase in steel import quotas

The European Commission (EC) has announced that it has reduced the planned increase in the steel import quota rate from five percent to three percent in all product categories, as result of the review of the safeguard measures imposed on February 2. The EC indicated that steel imports in 2018 reached a record volume of 33.4 million mt, 5 million mt higher than the average for the 2015-2017 period and 3 million mt higher than for 2017 alone, which... Read More

The program of the 81st meeting in Duesseldorf

Day 1: Sunday, September 22, 2019 19:00 – 22:00                        Welcome cocktail at Hilton Duesseldorf Day 2: Monday, September 23, 2019 09:00 – 09:15                        Welcome address by Chairman of IREPAS 09:15 – 10:15                          SESSION ONE – Global economic outlook -  Global economic developments and expectations - Impact... Read More

President Trump increases “Buy American” threshold to 95 percent

US President Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday, July the 15th that will require federal agencies to purchase products using more American components. The order strengthens the standards that federal agencies must follow under the Buy American Act, which creates a preference for American-made goods. Trump said his order will gradually boost the percentage of U.S. components for qualifying American-made products from 50 percent to 75 percent.... Read More

Short Range Outlook : July 2019

Uncertainty still prevails in global longs market , while BOF production faces severe pressure The outlook for the global long steel products market differs for the scrap industry, the steel producing industry and for steel consumers. The market can be described as generally unstable as there is still a lot of uncertainty and even a tweet may turn a lot of things upside down. We are going through a tough period particularly for BOF-based producers,... Read More

Egyptian court suspends safeguard duty on billet and rebar imports

An Egyptian administrative court has suspended the country’s preliminary safeguard duty on billet and rebar imports, according to reports. The Egyptian government imposed a 15 percent safeguard duty on steel billet imports and 25 percent duty on reinforcing bar imports for a period of 180 days starting from April 15. Last month, Egyptian rerollers decided to take legal action to challenge the import duty on billet.  Read More

Short Range Outlook : June 2019

Uncertainty in global long steel products market increases dramatically The uncertainty in the global long steel products market has increased dramatically. Nowadays, the most stable region is China, where steelmakers have been increasing their weekly production volumes, whereas the rest of the world is just trying to hang on. Ferrous scrap and iron ore price trends decouple completely Ferrous scrap and iron ore price trends have completely decoupled. Iron... Read More

US not to impose punitive tariffs against imported products from Mexico

The Trump administration announced they would not be moving forward with punitive tariffs against imported products from Mexico. Presdient Trump had previously announced the US would be imposing a five percent tariff on all goods imported from Mexico, including steel, adding that the tariff would be increased up to 25 percent by October if Mexico did not take action to “dramatically reduce or eliminate” the number of illegal aliens crossing its... Read More

US to impose five percent tariff on all Mexican goods as of June 10

According to a White House statement, US President Donald Trump has said that, starting on June 10, the United States will impose a five percent tariff on all goods imported from Mexico. He added that this tariff will be increased up to 25 percent in the coming period if Mexico does not take action to dramatically reduce or eliminate the number of illegal aliens crossing its territory into the US. The White House statement indicated that, if the illegal... Read More

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

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