HRC rebounds but most South American flat steel import prices dip

South American import prices for flat-rolled steel were mostly down week-on-week on Friday February 5 on a persistent Chinese downtrend.

The price of hot-rolled coil, on the other hand, increased on the same basis of comparison, with material from other origins such as Japan and Brazil returning to the market with April-shipment offers.
China-origin HRC was also more expensive, with market participants braced for a cut in the country’s tax rebate.
“The majority of Chinese mills are including a clause in any sale contract, shifting the risk of this potential tax rebate cut to the clients,” one Brazil-based trader said.

Chinese authorities were considering a reduction of a tax rebate for HRC exports to 8-9%, from 13% currently. Sources in South America told Fastmarkets that this was...

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Renato Rostás

February 05, 2021

20:12 GMT

São Paulo