Steel billet price was up last week in Iran,
from USD 338/mt on Saturday to an average of USD 329/mt ex-work including 9%
The increase in billet price was due to several
reasons including export continue and also DRI supply shortage due to some
stoppages and energy supply problems in summer time.
Another reason has been current ambiguities at
IME (Iran Mercantile Exchange) which finally last Wednesday, Khouzestan Steel
co sold 30,000 tones of its billet at USD 309 /mt, while its previous average sale
price was USD 317 /mt, making the market slightly calm. By Wednesday afternoon
billet supply in retail market improved and made upward trend stable.
Debar price fell from an average of USD 370/mt on Saturday to Monday's USD 369
/mt but offset the drop by the weekend
and rose to USD 372 /mt ex-work including 9% VAT. There were two main reasons for the ups and
downs of debar:
First one was the confusion about billet price, which was revealed by
Secondly, limited margin of re-rollers due to the small gap between debar
and billet price, which made debar price upward.
The price curve for I-beam sizes 14 to 18 was similar to debar changing from
USD 374/mt on Saturday to USD 370/mt on Sunday and finally to USD 375 /mt ex-work including 9% VAT on Wednesday.
HRC 2 mm thickness
was USD 507/mt ex-work Isfahan on Saturday and reached USD 511/mt ex-work
including 9% VAT by the weekend. Ahvaz product remained stable at around USD 489
/mt during the week. Thickness of 3 to
15 mm of Mobarkeh Steel co HRC were down from Saturday onward, from USD 499/mt
to USD 497/mt on Wednesday. Lower demand was the most important cause of this
HRP thickness 10-40
mm from Oxin co experienced some fluctuations during the week, firstly down
from USD 450/mt on Saturday, to USD 449/mt on Tuesday, but by Wednesday as the
mill led the market, reached an average of USD 458/mt. Kavian Co HRP was relatively
stable but followed the same trend as Oxin co product, with prices expected to
recover this week.
CRC thickness 0.40
to 2 mm averaged USD 638 /mt ex-work including 9% VAT during last week and
remained unchanged until the weekend despite its limited supply. Demand is also
HDG price, which
averaged USD 733/mt for thickness of 0.40 to 20 mm, reached USD 721/mt on
Wednesday. Zinc price decline and market downturns are two major causes of this
weekly average ex-rate for Steel Products (SANA): Rials 114452 / 1USD
Steel News Bulletin