FOCUS: CIS steel suppliers expect China to resume billet bookings soon

Steel billet suppliers in the Commonwealth of Independent States expect China to resume booking material, albeit at a lower rate than earlier in May, Fastmarkets learned on Friday May 28.

“It’s hard to say, but I think they will resume bookings because no-one cancelled the plan to reduce steel output by the end of the year,” one trader said.
In northern China’s Tangshan city, the country’s steelmaking hub, local authorities are restricting steel production by 30% until the end of 2021.
“Everyone will wait until the Chinese market reaches a plateau and sales start. I think the market will revive in five-ten days,” the trader added.
“The market is seeking balance, so billet demand from China should stabilize soon. Futures prices have been rising for two days in a row,” a Russian mill source said.

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Vlada Novokreshchenova

May 28, 2021

18:25 GMT