Foreign vs. Domestic HR Price Comparison: Foreign Becoming Less Attractive

Thursday, October 12, 2017 5:57 PM Written by 

The following calculation is used by Steel Market Update to identify the theoretical spread between foreign hot rolled steel import prices (delivered to USA ports) and domestic (USA) hot rolled coil prices (FOB Domestic mills). We want our readers to be aware that this is only a "theoretical" calculation as freight costs, trader margin and other costs can fluctuate, ultimately influencing the true market spread.

Our primary numbers for this analysis are from Platts as we compare European HRC export pricing (FOB Ruhr), Turkey HRC export pricing (FOB Turkey) and Chinese HRC export pricing (FOB Chinese port). Be aware that Chinese hot rolled pricing is not available to the U.S. market, so the Chinese spread is nothing more than an exercise in "what if." SteelBenchmarker is the secondary data provider of foreign hot rolled coil prices and is noted further down in this article.



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Brett Linton

Brett Linton is a Steel Industry Analyst for Steel Market Update. He is a graduate of North Georgia College & State University with a Bachelor's degree in Finance. Mr. Linton joined SMU in April 2010 as a Research Analyst and is responsible for data management and analysis, market research, developing our visual aids, and writing articles about the economy and steel industry. For more information, you can reach Brett at Brett@SteelMarketUpdate.com.

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