Billet average price
was upward during last week in Iran from USD 597/mt to USD 605/mt ex-work
including 9% VAT. DRI trade with competition and its rising prices had given
this upward signal to the market, but the main reason was Russia invasion of
Also last week,
according to Metal Bulletin, average price of Iranian export billet FOB price
increased from USD 590/mt to USD600 - 603 /mt.
As the war in Ukraine continued and demand for billet increased, rebar
price increased from USD 659/mt to USD 675/mt ex-work including 9%
VAT. IME also helped boost spot market by raising prices.
Upward expectation made I-beam higher too from USD 633/mt to USD 636/mt by
end of the week.
Price of HRC 2 mm thickness ex-work Mobarakeh was USD 936 /mt on last Saturday,
which did not change until Wednesday. Mobarakeh Steel co higher supply level
did not allow HRC market rise, but market mentality is ready to accept this
increase. The upward trend of Mobarakeh export slab price promises this.
Oxin co HRP is slowly rising and finding its way as higher slab price
forces the mill to rise price more. Its average price rose by USD 6/mt to USD 1054/mt
VAT by end of the week.
Kavian co HRP stayed unchanged by mill’s control at USD 1010/mt as market
has not absorbed previous weeks’ upward prices.
CRC market did not react to the upward momentum as is in end of the year
mood and there is not more than one working week left in the consumer market of
this product. Its price was around USD 1176/mt most of the week.
HDG had a slow market at around USD 1176/mt, but as global zinc price is upward
its price should go up too.
It seems that the
outcome of Vienna Talks is almost certain. With signing of the Joint
Comprehensive Plan of Action, our market’s field of activity and work will be
very wide, currency fluctuations will face a more limited range and will have
less impact on the steel market. With more liquidity, government will be able
to spend more, and with the payment of government debts to banks, banking
system would be more active, which will make the market more active. But more
important than Vienna Talks is the issue of Russia invasion of Ukraine. Nearly
ten million tons of steel orders, from pig iron to flat products, to be shipped
in February, March and April, have been canceled, which is what the European
market needs today. With the closure of steel mills in Ukraine and sanctions
against Russia, the return of CIS steel to the global market is not expected
until next year, so the Iranian export market is facing a heavy export demand,
especially on slab and billet.
USD 900/mt FOB for Iran
export slab is not unlikely in this situation, as more than 100,000 tons of
ordered slabs have become unavailable in Italy alone. Billet continue the
upward trend, but due to its diversity of suppliers in the world, its upward trend
would be more limited than slabs. Rising oil prices will push up price of all
commodities, especially will affect freight rate, but will also reduce steel
production in many countries, especially in Europe. All of this will mark a
busy three-month period for Iranian export market and will decline supply level
in the domestic market.
Many believe that devaluation
of dollar will reverse the market, but the rate of increase in global commodity
prices and its acceleration will offset the effect of the depreciation of the
exchange rate. IME can pursue two policies: either it aligns with the market,
or the market goes its own way, and the stock market's effectiveness will be
reduced. This will only make economic situation more sick.
The war in Ukraine
will lead to other events in Iran too, the
results of which will be reflected in summer, the most important of which is
import market inflation, especially on food and medicine. Economic tensions
will intensify with the elimination of the preferred currency and the
development of a disorganized budget. A far-sighted government would not be
much happy with a successful Vienna Talks and the Ukraine issue, but would
think a little further on how to use and store the resources that are flowing
in. We hope that our president has not forgotten the inflation after previous
CBI weekly average
ex-rate for Steel Products (SANA): Rials 240,473/ 1USD
07 Mar 2022
Iran Steel News