Short Range Outlook : November 2019

Confusing environment prevails in global long steel products market The current environment in the global long steel products market is confusing. The raw material for blast furnaces is becoming cheaper, while ferrous scrap is getting more expensive and we observe increasing prices for both reinforcing bars and hot rolled coils. Customers are making inquiries for longer than they normally should, and mills are incurring greater losses than they can... Read More

US DOC initiates circumvention inquiry into Mexican rebar

The US Department of Commerce announced the initiation of a circumvention inquiry into imports of steel concrete reinforcing steel bar from Mexico, to determine if imports of reinforcing bars that are bent at one or both ends circumvent the existing antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) orders. In 2018, imports of reinforcing bars from Mexico were valued at an estimated $51 million. The inquiry was initiated in response to requests from... Read More

Malaysia imposes preliminary antidumping duty on rebar imports from Turkey and Singapore

Malaysia’s Ministry of International Trade and Industry has announced that it will implement preliminary antidumping duties on rebar from Turkish firms, except Colakoglu Metalurji A.S., and on Singaporean firms. The ministry has assigned preliminary dumping rates in the range of 5.99-17.65 percent to Singaporean firms and preliminary dumping rates in the range of 3.35-20.09 percent for Turkish firms. The petitioner is the Malaysia Steel Association. The... Read More

IREPAS in Duesseldorf : Changing trade flows and market challenges discussed against backdrop of protectionism, trade conflicts and depressed conditions

The 81st meeting of IREPAS (the International Rebar Exporters and Producers Association) was held in Duesseldorf, Germany on September 22-24, 2019 in conjunction with the SteelOrbis Fall’19 Conference. There were 138 producer representatives among the 426 registered delegates from a total of 46 different countries. There were also 78 registrations representing 38 different raw material suppliers. At the opening of the conference, Murat Cebecioglu,... Read More

Short Range Outlook : September 2019

Global long steel market currently depressed amid more difficult circumstances The global long steel products market is depressed at the moment as circumstances are becoming more difficult. It has become a buyer’s market and is difficult to secure orders at reasonable prices. The problem lies more on the demand side rather than with supply, and, therefore, it might take longer for a balance to be reached. Steel prices decline amid sharp drops in... Read More

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 Markets: What are the future challenges and opportunities? -  Global economic... 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

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