Export prices for cold-rolled coil and hot-dipped galvanized coil in China increased in the week to Tuesday July 20, after domestic prices pushed up ahead of an expected drop in the country’s steel output in the second half of the year, sources told Fastmarkets.
Fastmarkets’ weekly price assessment for steel CRC, export, fob China main port was $920-950 per tonne on Tuesday, up by $15-40 per tonne from $905-910 per tonne on July 13.
Key market participants indicated spot prices at $920-950 per tonne fob China during the week, based on transactions concluded and seller expectations of being able to sell at these levels.
“The growing expectation of supply reductions [raised] China’s domestic steel prices and export prices followed… But concerns over the potential removal of tax rebates kept overseas buyers on the sidelines. The resurgence of Covid-19 cases in Southeast Asia, meanwhile, subdued demand from there,” a steel trader in northern China told Fastmarkets on Tuesday.
Liaoning province’s Benxi Iron & Steel is now offering September-shipment CRC at $1,050 per tonne fob, a week-on-week increase of $30 per tonne. It continues to include clauses in its sales contracts requiring buyers to shoulder tax burdens if there are any change to China’s tax regime.
The heightened export trade volumes in the recent months have led to increasing speculation over the rebates and other potential tax moves.
“If more exports are seen in the coming months, especially up to August, this lead to an export tax being imposed on hot-rolled coil or the tax rebate for CRC and HDG being removed,” another trader in eastern China told Fastmarkets on Tuesday.
There has also be concern that steel export quotas could be imposed in the coming months, despite a lack of any official announcements.
Fastmarkets’ weekly price assessment for steel CRC, domestic, delivered Eastern China was 6,360-6,400 yuan ($980-987) per tonne last Friday July 16, up by 160-200 yuan per tonne from 6,200 yuan yuan per tonne on July 9.
A major South Korean steel producer that regularly exports CRC to the wider Asian region remained out of the spot market in the week to Tuesday.
Hot-dipped galvanized coil
Fastmarkets’ weekly price assessment for steel galvanized coil, 1mm, export, fob China was $970-1,000 per tonne on Tuesday, up by $20-50 per tonne from $950 per tonne on July 13.
Fastmarkets’ assessment is for 120 grams-per-square-meter zinc-coated zero-spangle HDG.
Benxi Steel is now offering September-delivery 140gsm zinc-coated zero-spangle HDG at $1,200 per tonne fob, unchanged week on week. It is also offering regular-spangle HDG at $1,080 per tonne fob, an increase of $20 per tonne compared with last week’s offer price.
Fastmarkets’ weekly price assessment for steel hot-dipped galvanized coil domestic, ex-whs Eastern China was 6,950-7,000 yuan per tonne on July 16, increasing by 200 yuan per tonne from 6,750-6,800 yuan per tonne on July 9.
Fastmarkets’ assessment is for 80gsm zinc-coated zero-spangle HDG.
The major South Korean steelmaker that regularly exports HDG to regional buyers, did not issue any HDG offer prices in the week to Tuesday.
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