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

US DOC issues first exclusions from Section 232 tariffs on steel imports

The US Department of Commerce (US DOC) has announced that its Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has begun granting its first product exclusions from the Section 232 tariffs on imports of steel. The US DOC stated that seven different US companies importing steel products from Japan, Sweden, Belgium, Germany and China have been excluded from the 25 percent additional duties on steel imports. The companies receiving the exclusions are as follows: Schick... 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

No deal: US puts tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from EU, Canada and Mexico

US commerce secretary Wilbur Ross has said that a 25 percent tariff on steel imports and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum imports from the EU, Canada and Mexico will go into effect at midnight, June 1. In March, the US imposed 25 percent duty on steel imports, while granting exemptions to the EU and some other countries until May 1, before later extending the deadline until June 1. Canada, Mexico, and the European Union have already vowed to retaliate... Read More

US amends final AD/CVD decision on wire rod imports from Turkey, Spain

The US Department of Commerce (US DOC) has announced that, with respect to its final determinations in the antidumping duty investigations of imports of carbon and alloy steel wire rod from Italy, South Korea, Spain, Turkey and the UK and countervailing duty investigations of the same imports from Italy and Turkey, to correct ministerial errors, it has amended the final antidumping duty rates for Turkey and Spain and the countervailing duty rates... 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

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

US ITC rules that wire rod from five countries injures the US steel industry

The United States International Trade Commission (US ITC) today determined that a US industry is materially injured by reason of imports of carbon and certain alloy steel wire rod from Italy, Korea, Spain, Turkey, and the United Kingdom that the US Department of Commerce (US DOC) has determined are sold in the United States at less than fair value and subsidized by the governments of Italy and Turkey. As a result of the ITC’s affirmative determinations,... 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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