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 : 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 reduces import quota volumes after UK’s inclusion in quota regime

The European Commission, which has now included the UK among the countries that are subject to import quotas for steel products, has also reduced the existing quota volumes for other countries which were already under the quota scheme. The reduced quotas will be in force as of January 1, 2021, and so in the two last quarters under the quota regime the countries will have less opportunity to export to the EU. The EC said that the changes in quota volumes... Read More

EU announces import steel quota volumes for UK

The European Commission (EC) has announced the imposition of definitive safeguard measures on imports of certain steel products from the UK, as they will not be in the same trading area with the UK after Brexit. Without this specific quota for the UK, the UK steel sector could have faced a £80 million bill from EU steel safeguard tariffs in the first half of 2021, UK Steel and Steel Trade Union Community stated. The UK will be subject to a 25 percent... 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

US Court of International Trade ruled the additional tariffs on Turkish exports unconstitutional

The US Court of International Trade has ruled that the additional tariffs (additional 25 per cent) imposed by US President Donald Trump on Turkish steel exports are unconstitutional. Following the court’s decision, Turkish steel exporters are preparing to claim compensation for the damages that Trump’s ruling has caused them.  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

The European Commission revised EU Steel Import Quotas system

The European Commission has published the result of its second investigation reviewing the safeguard measures put in place by the European Union on imports of steel products. Accordingly there will be country-specific quotas available quarterly and not annual allocations. Access to the residual quota for countries that have previously exhausted their country-specific quota will be only permitted to the extent necessary to respond to demand.  Read More

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