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ASEAN HRC Steel import prices fall $345 a ton in contrast €440-450 a ton in Northern European

ASEAN hot rolled cold (HRC) steel import prices (CFR ASEAN port) fell by $6 a ton to $345 a ton during the week ended June 17, as per the latest figures released by The Steel Index.


According to TSI, few transactions were heard in the market, mostly for HRC SAE 1006 grade from China’s tier one mills bought by re-rollers in Vietnam.


Pipe producers were in no rush to make new purchases and so posted very low bids (below US$340/t) that sellers could not accept. Mills’ offers remained between US$355- 360/t while some traders started short-selling by offering around US$350/t.(more quotation of steel pipe stock pls visit(http://www.threewaysteel.com/StockList.html)


The market for SS400 grade was even more bearish due to current high stock levels and buyers’ pessimistic views about the future.


Material from South Korea, Taiwan and Japan was offered at high premiums over Chinese material, ranging from US$45-100/t. All prices quoted on a CFR ASEAN port basis.


,Accorading the latest figures released by the Steel Index in Northern Europe, asking prices were largely  unchanged, between €440-450 a ton.


However, activity in the South  European HR coil market was mute this week, with some service centres reporting  that it was almost one month ago when they last dipped into the spot market.  


Import offers are said to be  more competitive of late, with HRC offered below the €400 a ton mark, CIF Italy.  Delivery lead-times for import material continues to be a deterrent.