EXCLUSIVE: China mulls HRC imports from Russia, Iran on possible arbitrage window [CORRECTED]

China, the world's biggest steelmaker, is considering importing hot-rolled coil on possible arbitrage opportunities with Russia and Iran, Fastmarkets understands.

Russian and Iranian hot-rolled coil imports may soon become an attractive prospect for Chinese buyers due to their low offers to the country, market sources told Fastmarkets on Wednesday October 9.
“Russian re-rolling grade HRC is being offered at $430 per tonne cfr China this week, although the arbitrage window may not be big enough for now,” an eastern China-based trader told Fastmarkets.
A northern China-based trader confirmed such offers and said Iranian sellers had already been offering HRC at similar levels two weeks ago.

These offers are equivalent to $499 per tonne after including the 13% value-added tax and 3% import tax....


Paul Lim

Miranda Song

October 11, 2019

04:38 GMT

Shanghai, Singapore