Short Range Outlook : April 2021

Producers dominate in global longs market, outlook appears very positive Lead times are longer than ever in the global long steel products market and there is still strong demand, encouraging mills to continue increasing their prices. The situation has certainly become better from the producers’ point of view. They are all making money and their lead times are elongated. Shortages of material keeps prices and margins high It was somewhat surprising... Read More

Short Range Outlook : January 2021

Short supply in global longs market, full impact of vaccines remains to be seen Supply is still on the short side in the global long steel products market and this situation will probably not change until the second quarter. Chinese demand for raw materials and semi-finished products has been providing the main boost to the markets. As vaccines have started to be released, depleted supply chains have to be replenished, with plans being made for stronger... Read More

Russia amends scrap export restrictions

At the end of December, the Russian authorities approved the amendment to the existing export restrictions in the steel scrap segment. The export tax for ferrous scrap has remained at the five percent level, but the minimal equivalent has been increased from €5/mt to €45/mt. The renewed restriction will be valid for 180 days from the moment the official document comes into force. Some sources stated that the duty will be valid for export shipments... Read More

Canada starts antidumping probe on rebar imports from Oman and Russia

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has announced that it has initiated an antidumping duty investigation on certain concrete reinforcing bar up to 56.4 mm from Oman and Russia. The products subject to antidumping duty investigation currently fall under Customs Tariff Statistics Position Numbers 7213.10.00.00, 7214.20.00.00, 7215.90.00.90 and 7227.90.00.90.  Read More

Short Range Outlook : November 2020

Global longs market becomes even more regionalized amid widespread protectionism The global long steel products market is becoming even more regionalized. All the safeguard measures, tariffs and antidumping and countervailing cases are reducing the global exchange of products more and more. The Covid-19 pandemic gives producers in certain markets the pretext to lobby their governments with even more arguments to get their domestic markets protected... Read More

Short Range Outlook : June 2020

Global longs export markets shrink further amid protectionism, Russians dominate As expected, things are getting more difficult for exporters in the global steel market. The EU opened fire with an antidumping investigation on HRC imports from Turkey, with Turkey firing back with duties on steel products from the EU. Canada started a similar investigation against imports of heavy plates from several countries, while Egypt has been working on a 10 percent... Read More

Short Range Outlook : May 2020

Impact of Covid-19 starts to hit home across the global long steel market The supply and demand situation in the global long steel products market has deteriorated as global economies are doing much worse today thanks to protectionist measures and the Covid-19 pandemic. There is oversupply of almost everything, except those items that suddenly end up being in short supply due to impacts on the supply chain. This does not include ‘shortages’ that... Read More

Short Range Outlook : November 2019

Confusing environment prevails in global long steel products market The current environment in the global long steel products market is confusing. The raw material for blast furnaces is becoming cheaper, while ferrous scrap is getting more expensive and we observe increasing prices for both reinforcing bars and hot rolled coils. Customers are making inquiries for longer than they normally should, and mills are incurring greater losses than they can... Read More

Russian Federation sets quota for scrap exports till end of 2019

Russian authorities have officially set the quota for the steel scrap exports to the countries excluding the members of the Eurasian Economic Union in order to protect the local steel industry. The official document, signed on August 31, implies the total allowed export volume of 1.009,2 million mt of scrap for the period from September 1 to December 31 of the current year. The Ministry of the Industry and Trade will be responsible for the distribution... Read More

EU to impose new quota on imports

According to media sources, the European Commission has sent a notification to the World Trade Organization, stating that the EU will impose import quotas on certain steel products, including rebar and wire rod, for a period of 150 days starting from February 2, 2019.. However, there has been no official announcement yet. Accordingly the import quotas will be in force between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020 and that the quota volumes will be increased... Read More

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