This is to reflect the changing situation in the region, where steel mills are now taking orders for 1-2 months ahead, instead of just around one month.
The updated specifications for the index are as follows:
MB-STE-0144 - Steel hot-rolled coil index export, fob main port China, $/tonne
Q235B/SS400, width 1,250-1,800mm, thickness 3-14mm
Min 1,000 tonnes
fob Tianjin, China. Other ports normalized
US$ per tonne
Letter of credit on sight
Daily, 4.30pm Shanghai time
Contains at least 0.0008% boron to qualify for tax rebate of 10%, subtracted from 13% VAT.
Data history as an assessment from February 2006 and as an index from October 2017
The amendment came into effect on February 24.
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