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Iran Steel market Trend in Week 26th 2016

Billet

Billet size 150 mm had a stable week in Iran. But size 125 mm improved by Rials400,000/mt to Rials13.3 million/mt ex-work including 9% VAT. The upward trend was due to lower production rate and increase in scrap price as a raw material for producing billet size 120 /125 mm.

After Holly month of Ramadan in coming weeks scrap supply will improve and would affect scrap and billet price.

At the moment CIS origin scrap is USD180-190/mt cfr Northern ports and European containerized Shredded steel scrap is USD230-240/mt cfr Southern ports in Iran. But due to import costs and long products market quiet situation, market participants prefer buying from domestic market despite importing scrap.

Imported billet size 150 mm is USD280/mt cfr Anzali port, after custom duty and VAT would costs more than Rials13.6 million/mt for importers. In domestic market Khouzestan Steel co billet is Rials13.2 million/mt and Khorasan Steel Co product is Rials13.4 million/mt ex-works including 9% VAT.

Market participants don’t expect improvement in Iran billet market in near future as long products market is quiet and billet production capacity is high in domestic market.

 

Long Products

Long products were almost stable during week 26th in Iran.

Average price of debar diameter 14-25 mm changed from Rials15.342million/mt to Rials15.320million/mt ex-work Esfahan including VAT.  I-beam size 14-18 mm also changed from Rials15 million/mt to Rials15.050million/mt ex-work Esfahan including VAT. Market was not active during last week due to Imam Ali’s martyrdom mourning ceremony. Some market participants hope for some traditional improvements in prices after Holly month of Ramadan in coming weeks. Producers are also eager to increase prices but any fluctuation won’t be more than Rials300,000-500,000/mt as production capacity is high. When prices improve, mills increase production level, therefore any upward trend won’t last more than 3 or 4 days.

 

Flat Products

HRC 2 mm thickness was downward during last week in Iran. Its price dropped by Rials300,000/mt to Rials18.1 million/mt on truck in Anzali port including custom duties and 9%VAT and also declined by Rials200,000/mt to Rials17.8 million/mt on truck in Imam Khomeini port. At the moment new import offers are USD360/mt cfr Anzali port which will be finalized at Rials16.5 million/mt after custom duties and VAT. After 3 months downward trend in import level, good purchases have been done recently. Chinese offer was also heard at USD350/mt cfr.

HRC 2.5-4 mm thickness was up by Rials500,000/mt due to limited supply level from market leader Mobarakeh Steel Co to Rials18.3 million/mt ex-work including 9% VAT. Some sellers were ready to deal on Rials18 million/mt. 

For thickness 6-15 mm, market was quiet and unchanged.

For thickness 15 mm or higher, Oxin co HRP was upward. Thickness 20 mm was offered at Rials17.5 million/mt ex-works including VAT but higher supply level made it downward by Rials500,000/mt. Thickness 30 mm was priced at Rials16.3-16.5 million/mt and thickness 40 mm was Rials15.7 million/mt. Oxin co products is expected to be downward in price in coming weeks except the mill deliver cargoes with delay.

Chinese or Russian origin imported HRP is USD350-360/mt cfr Iranian ports. Its cost price for importers would be Rials16.6 million/mt including custom duties and VAT. At the moment thickness 8,10,12 mm is available at Rials17.6 million/mt on truck in Anzali port including custom duties and VAT and Rials18 million/mt at Imam Khomeini port. It seems that HRP import market would compete with domestic leaders Oxin and Kavian co in near future.

CRC price improved by last Sunday but lack of demand made its price downward again. Imported CRC thickness 0.7 mm or higher is Rials20.50million/mt on truck in Anzali port including 9% VAT. Russians are offering at USD420/mt cfr Anzali port, which will be finished for importers at Rials20 million/mt. CRC import level have been downward during last 3 Iranian months. Declining from 55,000 mt (20 Apr-20 May) to 18,000mt (21 May-20 Jun) and 12,000 (21 Jun till now). Iranian traders mostly avoid importing CRC due to many problems.

HDG market experienced some improvements during the week but market sadness and stable CRC price moved HDG price back to last level.

 

Ex-rate:

Official rate:  Rials30,725/1USD
In open market:  Rials 35,270  /1USD

02 July 2016

Jul 3, 2016 10:19
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