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

EU imposes provisional safeguard measures on 23 steel product categories

The European Commission has announced that it has decided to impose provisional safeguard measures on 23 steel product categories, including reinforcing bars, hot rolled products and steel pipes, in the form of a 25 percent out-of-quota tariff. The provisional measures will be applied for 200 calendar days beginning from July 19. The commission has preliminarily decided that the EU steel industry is in a situation of threat of serious injury for the... Read More

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

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

Decision on Section 232 exemptions delayed until June 1

U.S. President Trump will reportedly delay the decision whether to impose steel and aluminum tariffs on countries currently exempted from the Section 232 tariffs until June 1. The administration is expected to finalize deals with the European Union, Canada and Mexico, while reaching “agreements in principle” with Australia, Argentina and Brazil. The details of those agreements will be finalized in the next 30 days.  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

Malaysia sets preliminary safeguard duty on imports of wire rod and debar in coils

The Malaysian government has announced the preliminary determinations in its safeguard investigation regarding imports of wire rod and deformed bar in coils. Accordingly, the preliminary safeguard duty rate is 13.90 percent for imports of wire rod and deformed bar in coils. The investigation launched in May this year upon the complaint lodged by Malaysia Steel Association (MSA) covers the period between October 1, 2012 and September 30, 2015. The... Read More

Malaysia imposes preliminary safeguard duty on rebar imports

The Malaysian government has announced the preliminary decision in its safeguard investigation regarding rebar imports into Malaysia. The government stated that there was an increase in imports of the products during the investigation period, which is from October 1, 2012 to September 30, 2015, and the increase in imports has caused serious injury to the domestic industry in respect of the decline in market share, domestic sales in terms of value,... Read More

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