South American steel import prices rise to 2018 levels on global uptrend

The uptrend in flat-rolled steel import prices in South America persisted during the week ended Friday December 4, with offers from China, Japan and Brazil all at higher levels than previously for February-shipment cargoes.

But at the same time, market participants were still seeing much lower bids, citing the rising costs of steel products as a major problem this year.
“[This uptrend is] creating big pressure on the automotive and packaging sectors, which are currently negotiating their new yearly contracts, [and] suppliers from Europe, Japan and China are all asking for drastic price increases [because of] the current tight supply,” a source at a mill said.
Fastmarkets’ price assessment for steel hot-rolled coil, import, cfr main ports South America, was up by $35-70 per tonne to $640-690 per tonne on Friday, from $605-620 per tonne a week before.

A similar jump had not been seen since March 2018. At $665 per tonne, the midpoint...

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Renato Rostás

December 04, 2020

20:20 GMT

São Paulo