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 : 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 reduces tariffs on Turkey to 25 percent

The White House has announced that the 50 percent duty on Turkish steel imports has been halved to 25 percent as of May 17. In a statement, the administration said that since the implementation of the higher tariff, steel imports from Turkey declined 48 percent in 2018, “with the result that the domestic industry’s capacity utilization has improved at this point to approximately the target level recommended” in the initial DOC report... Read More

US doubles the tariffs on Turkish steel imports

The US President Donald Trump tweeted on Friday August the 10th that he has just authorized to double tariffs on Turkish steel imports. His tweet reads: “I have just authorized a doubling of tariffs on steel and aluminum with respect to Turkey as their currency, the Turkish Lira, slides rapidly downward against our very strong dollar! Aluminum will now be 20 percent and steel 50 percent. Our relations with Turkey are not good at this time!” US... 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

IREPAS in Warsaw: Confusion and uncertainty in the global market

The 78th meeting of IREPAS (International Rebar Exporters and Producers Association) was held in Warsaw, Poland on May 6-8, 2018. There were 117 producer representatives among the 320 registered delegates from 48 different countries. There were also 62 registrations representing 40 different raw material suppliers. At the opening of the conference, Murat Cebecioglu, chairman of IREPAS emphasized that there is obvious confusion and uncertainty in the... 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

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