Short Range Outlook : December 2018

Global long steel market facing many unknowns amid protectionism and price corrections There is huge uncertainty in the global long steel products market as there are a lot of unknowns against the backdrop of protectionist measures and price corrections. US-China ceasefire may reduce volatility in international market The trade dispute between the US and China has been kicked down the road for another 90 days. The ceasefire in the trade war between... Read More

Short Range Outlook : November 2018

Global long steel industry in better position now despite tariffs and other issues The global long steel products market has been off balance recently, and the general situation has gotten marginally worse. One of the leading indicators of the worsening in the market is that the current Turkish spread between import scrap and rebar prices is now the lowest value observed since August 2017. The number shows a downward movement of $55/mt from the peak... Read More

Canada announced provisional safeguards on imports of seven steel products

On October 11, the Government of Canada announced that it will be imposing provisional safeguards starting on October 25, 2018 on imports of seven steel products and also ordered the Canadian International Trade Tribunal to investigate whether more long-term safeguard measures are necessary. The provisional safeguards will remain in place for 200 days from October 25, expiring on May 13, 2019. The products affected by the safeguards include concrete... Read More

Short Range Outlook : October 2018

Global long steel market still in equilibrium though regional differences observed The  global long steel products market still seems to be in equilibrium in terms of supply and demand. However, the steel trade is becoming more and more regional and so different supply and demand situations may be observed in various regions. Accordingly, although the overall market is generally stable, there are fluctuations seen in certain regions. Sharp increase... Read More

Turkey approves provisional safeguard measures

According to Turkey’s Official Gazette, President Erdogan has approved the proposal to impose import quotas on certain steel products and also to impose 25 percent duty if the quotas are exceeded. The provisional safeguard measures will be in place for 200 days. The measures will come into force 15 days after the publication of the notice (October 2). Products to be subject to the provisional safeguard measures are flat steel products, long steel... Read More

US and South Korea sign new free trade deal, including quotas for US steel imports

According to news reports, the United States and South Korea signed a revised free-trade deal. The US-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) reportedly addresses many trade issues faced by US exporters, mainly automotive producers. The new KORUS also limits steel and aluminum imports from South Korea. According to the agreement, the United States will impose a 10 percent tariff on aluminum imports. Steel, however, will be subject to a product-specific... Read More

Turkey imposes provisional import measures on certain steel products

According to a notice issued by the Turkish Ministry of Trade, Turkey has set import quotas for certain steel products and will collect a 25 percent import duty if the quota is exceeded. The measures will be in place for 200 days from September 20 onwards. Products to be subject to the provisional safeguard measures are flat steel products, long steel products, pipes and hollow sections, stainless steel and steel products for railways. On the other... Read More

IREPAS in Istanbul: All eyes on protectionist measures as IREPAS celebrates its 35th anniversary with record attendance

The 79th meeting of IREPAS (International Rebar Exporters and Producers Association) was held in Istanbul, Turkey on September 16-18, 2018. There were 139 producer representatives among the record 519 registered delegates from a total of 52 different countries. There were also 84 registrations representing 45 different raw material suppliers. At the opening of the conference which celebrated the 35th year of this bi-annual meeting, Murat Cebecioglu,... Read More

The program of the 79th meeting in Istanbul

Day 1: Sunday, September 16, 2018 19:00 – 22:00                        Welcome cocktail at The Grand Tarabya Hotel Day 2: Monday, September 17, 2018 09:00 – 09:15                        Welcome address by Chairman of IREPAS 09:15 – 10:15                          SESSION ONE – Global economic outlook -  The Future of The World Economy: The Eagle, The Tiger... Read More

Short Range Outlook : August 2018

Global long steel market currently in equilibrium, though world steel output is on the rise The global long steel products market seems to be in equilibrium at present, with slightly higher freight rates. World steel production is up by six percent, while this situation needs to be monitored. If this continues to be the case for another year or so, we might experience disturbance in the supply-and-demand balance in certain areas. International business... Read More

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