South American flat steel import market at standstill; offers reduce

South American flat-rolled steel import prices either declined or were stable in the week ended Friday November 26 amid a quiet regional market.

Orders for shipment in January were already thin; mills and traders are now offering February-shipment cargoes to continued weak interest.
Fears of a potential export tax to be introduced by China in January have faded and market participants reported that a few sellers agreed to accept the risk of a price difference in case it happened.
Even then, interest was low.
“That’s what happens when there’s a downturn in the market. You can always buy next week for lower prices,” one Brazil-based trader said.

Others thought sellers shouldering the risk of the export duty could heat the market, but added that...

Published

Renato Rostás

November 26, 2021

19:05 GMT

São Paulo