Billet price remained almost flat last
week. Average price on Saturday was USD 349/mt ex-work including 9% VAT, until
Monday it reached USD 348/mt but improved from Tuesday to USD 350/mt. The main
reason behind billet price stability is that the current price has no room for more
decline. Long products market is also quiet and can’t help billet market
sentiment. Besides, due to the religious
Ceremony of Arba’een, trucks were not allowed in southern and western borders. All
these factors have made billet market silent. This situation may continue this
week till all pilgrims came back from Iraq.
market insiders expect lower billet price in coming future and believe that lower
supply level at the moment has avoided prices from more declines. During last 2
months, billet price had been downward, therefore, producers have stayed back
from domestic market as there is no balance between billet and finished
products prices. At the moment exporters are under pressure to deliver cargoes
which had been traded before at USD370-380 /mt fob for October delivery,
therefore, they focus on export market not domestic market. New export offers
are around USD340/mt fob which will reduce DRI and Pellet price too.
Average price of debar, which was USD 391/mt
on last Saturday, was down to USD 389/mt by the weekend. Debar price downward
trend was due to suspension of export to Iraq and also to Turkey, which led to
a relative decline in prices, but more declines seem no longer possible, so
mills have reduced production volume and only sold some volumes to cover their
liquidity needs. Last Wednesday, a new
export policy was announced, which states that steel export do not require any authorization,
but there are some ambiguities which says such policies won’t work and state
controls won’t response correctly.
What is important is the demand that the
government should support it through export stimulus policies. Last week
Turkey's clash with the Kurds began, putting pressure on the Turkish lira. This
will have a serious impact on the export price of debar. But it will not reduce
export level because "long products have to be exported or the mills must
stop production". It is the government that must pave the way for export.
Last Saturday, average price of I-beam
sizes 14- 18 in Esfahan was USD 444 /mt ex-work including VAT, which increased to
USD 449/mt by Wednesday mainly due to limited supply level.
2 mm thickness started the week at USD 490.5/mt ex-work Isfahan and USD 476.5 /mt
in Ahwaz on Saturday, but the price was down to USD 481 /mt in Isfahan and USD 462/mt
in Ahwaz by end of the week. New
regulations about open export of Pipe and profile can help HRC market. HRC 3 to
5 mm thickness were in limited supply but their average price on Saturday was USD
503/mt , then reached USD 501/mt ex-work including 9% VAT. Sheet inventory has
declined sharply and supply is constrained due to base price declines at IME
and also lack of demand.
co HRP 10 to 40 mm thickness were traded at USD 494/mt on Saturday but fell to USD
492/mt on Wednesday despite lower availability of Oxin products, but
transportation problem by trucks due to Arba’een was also a factor in demand.
HRP quality ST52 supply constraint still remains and does not seems to be
resolved in November because it is rooted in Khuzestan steel co slab shortage.
price declined from USD 658/mt to USD 653/mt ex-work including 9% VAT. CRC sale volume at IME had been upward from 4
months ago and its price has been downward. With the silent demand on the other hand,
prices would continue declining.
price went down, falling from USD 712/mt to USD 701/mt. Declining currency rate and falling price of HRC
were two factors driving price down.
weekly average ex-rate for Steel Products (SANA): Rials 107.030 / 1USD
Iran Steel News Bulletin