Vietnam extends safeguard duties on billet, rebar and wire rod

Vietnam’s industry and trade ministry has announced that the country’s safeguard duties on billet, rebar and wire rod imports have been extended until 2023. The duty rates will gradually decline within three years. After March 2023, the duties will be zero unless the ministry decides to extend them one more time. Until March 21, 2021, the duties will stand at 15.3 percent for billet and 9.4 percent for rebar and wire rod. In the second year, the... Read More

China raises export tax rebates to 13%

China’s Ministry of Finance (MOF) announced on March 17 that steel’s export tax rebates for more than 1,000 items, will be increased to 13 percent as of March 20, while it is at 9-10 percent for many products at the moment. The increases in export tax rebates of those steel products will lower the export costs and increase exporters competitiveness, which will exert a positive impact on the Chinese steel industry in the future. The effect will... Read More

IREPAS in Belgrade: Longs market outlook unclear amid coronavirus threat

The 82nd meeting of IREPAS (the International Rebar Exporters and Producers Association) was held in Belgrade, Serbia on March 1-3, 2020 in conjunction with the SteelOrbis Spring ’20 Conference. Unfortunately, the coronavirus outbreak had a negative impact on our 82nd meeting in Belgrade. After the news about the coronavirus cases observed in Italy by late February, many participants due to attend the 82nd IREPAS meeting decided not to travel to... Read More

Short Range Outlook : February 2020

Surplus supply and inadequate demand in global longs market There is still a surplus of supply and not enough demand in the global long steel products market. The profitability and margins of steel producers vary greatly between regions amid several factors such as the coronavirus outbreak and/or geopolitical issues like recent announcements relating to Israel/Palestine and Libya creating uncertainties for the future. Full impact of coronavirus in... Read More

The program of the 82nd meeting in Belgrade

Day 1: Sunday, March 1,2020 19:00 – 22:00                   Welcome cocktail at Metropol Palace Hotel, Belgrade   Day 2: Monday, March 2, 2020 09:00 – 09:15                   Welcome address by Chairman of IREPAS   09:15 – 10:15                     SESSION ONE – Economic developments and expectations Marko Cadez, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia... Read More

Short Range Outlook : January 2020

Global longs market appears in better shape, with sentiment also improving The global long steel products market is surely in a better shape today although we have yet to emerge from a slow-activity period due to the holidays in Europe and around the globe. However, real sentiment in the market is pretty positive, especially after the announcement that a trade deal between the US and China will be signed. That said, we have to keep in mind the possibility... Read More

Short Range Outlook : December 2019

Tight margins and cautious sentiment in global longs market despite output cuts at BFs There is still no clarity and no sign of economic recovery around the globe. Nevertheless, European and US production cuts at blast furnaces for extended periods have given much needed relief to the rest of the steel industry. The global long steel products market is picking up due to the production cuts, as anticipated. However, there may not be a considerable... Read More

Mexico to reduce steel import tariffs gradually up to 2024

Mexico’s Ministry of Economy has announced that it has adjusted the import tariffs originally imposed on certain steel products, according to Mexico’s official gazette. Accordingly, the import duties will be reduced gradually to 10 percent, seven percent, five percent and three percent by August 22, 2024. For some products, the duty will be completely removed by August 22, 2024. These steel products include steel sheet, cold rolled sheet, hot... Read More

IREPAS in Duesseldorf : Changing trade flows and market challenges discussed against backdrop of protectionism, trade conflicts and depressed conditions

The 81st meeting of IREPAS (the International Rebar Exporters and Producers Association) was held in Duesseldorf, Germany on September 22-24, 2019 in conjunction with the SteelOrbis Fall’19 Conference. There were 138 producer representatives among the 426 registered delegates from a total of 46 different countries. There were also 78 registrations representing 38 different raw material suppliers. At the opening of the conference, Murat Cebecioglu,... Read More

Short Range Outlook : September 2019

Global long steel market currently depressed amid more difficult circumstances The global long steel products market is depressed at the moment as circumstances are becoming more difficult. It has become a buyer’s market and is difficult to secure orders at reasonable prices. The problem lies more on the demand side rather than with supply, and, therefore, it might take longer for a balance to be reached. Steel prices decline amid sharp drops in... Read More

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