Final Thoughts

Final Thoughts

Written by John Packard

We were a little surprised on Friday when the International Trade Commission (ITC) announced they had reached a unanimous decision on the CORE (corrosion resistant) trade case. This one is important because the first ITC ruling on cold rolled from Japan and China was a slam dunk. Neither country chose to defend themselves and basically gave in to the US Department of Commerce/ITC.

With the CORE case there were challenges by most of the named countries, yet all of the commissioners were able to use the new injury guidelines and find that the U.S. steel industry was indeed being injured by the foreign steel mills. We should expect similar results on the remaining cold rolled and hot rolled suits in the coming weeks.

From our Asian trading source: the most recent hot rolled sale out of China (late last week) was at $375 per metric ton, FOB ST, LSD with freight of $15/MT on CNF Liner Out basis ($340 per net ton). Billets as of Friday (alloy steel bars…) were being sold at $280 per metric ton, ST LSD out of China. CIS prices for billet on Friday was $300-$310/MT FOB Black Sea ports.

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What's the tea in the steel industry this week? Here's the latest SMU gossip column! Just kidding... kind of. Yes, some of the comments we receive in our weekly flat-rolled market steel buyers' survey are honestly too much to put into print. Some make us laugh. Some make us cringe. Some are cryptic. Most are serious. We appreciate them all. Below are some highlights from our survey results this week. Some of the comments that we can share with you are also included, in italics, in the buyers' own words, with minimal editing on our part.