In recent months, Iran has lost sensitive international markets for steel exports. Last month, Iran’s steel export market in Iraq was ceded to Turkey without any effort. The reason for this was the inadequacy and inability to comply with Iran’s export obligations. The problem of steel power cuts created these conditions. Even now, due to political problems and the rising risk of trading in the Afghan market, it is about to be lost. Of course, the issue of Iraq and Afghanistan is different. But in any case, whatever the problem, it is the Iranian steel export market that is getting weaker day by day. In the following, we will examine the dimensions of this issue. Please be with Artan Press.
*** Stop export of Iranian steel to Afghanistan
Iran has suspended steel exports to Afghanistan due to the situation. Due to the fact that the Taliban’s economic and political policies for Iran are not transparent, transaction risks have increased. In such circumstances, perhaps the best decision has been made regarding the Iranian steel export market. It is not possible to take risks and after exporting a large volume of steel, wait for reciprocal behavior from the side. It remains to be seen where the Afghan market will move. It seems unlikely that change will occur. But investors will not take risks in this regard.
*** Logistical and political issues The main challenge of steel exports to Afghanistan
Informed sources said that Iran has stopped exporting steel to Afghanistan due to political conditions and logistical problems in Afghanistan, according to Artan Press, quoting S&P Global. Iran is the largest exporter of steel to Afghanistan and annually exports between 300,000 and 350,000 tons to this country. Due to the high volume of demand in the Iranian steel export market, half the risk of this issue was ignored. In fact, Iran supplies 25 percent of Afghanistan’s total steel needs. A significant part of steel exports to Afghanistan is produced by Isfahan and Khorasan Steel Companies. Iran also has an agreement with Afghanistan to sell iron rails. Turkey, Pakistan and China are among Afghanistan’s other steel suppliers. Iran must be careful not to cede the Afghan market to Turkey or Pakistan.
*** The possibility of a decline in the position of Iran’s steel export market in official reports
According to the scenarios, Iran will most likely lose its export position in Metal Bulletin reports this year. The problem of electricity and production in the Middle East were the most important factors that overshadowed the Iranian steel export market. The trend of Iranian steel exports to Afghanistan has been declining for several weeks, but experts believe that Iran’s export market to Afghanistan will probably resume in the next few weeks. A steel broker in Tehran recently announced that exports to Afghanistan are one of the The target markets have been closed for about a month and no exports are currently being made. Iran is said to have resumed fuel exports to Afghanistan, but resuming steel exports is not a priority in the current context.
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