European steelmakers have called for the European Commission (EC) to review its decision to liberalize its import safeguard measures by increasing quota volumes by 5% each year, Fastmarkets has learned.

The current safeguard mechanism will increase the level of tariff-free quotas for each product category by 5% after each year. The first liberalization will take place on July 1, 2019 – the end of the first quota period.
The 5% quota increase was based on an expectation that domestic European steel consumption would also grow sharply, something that has not materialized, sources said.
The EC initiated a review of its steel import safeguard measures on Friday May 17.

The European Commission (EC) has proposed measures that would prevent the effects of anti-dumping or anti-subsidy duties being combined with the safeguard measures that have been applied on imports of certain steel products.

“Cumulation of anti-dumping or anti-subsidy measures with safeguards may lead to a greater effect than desirable, and this issue should be examined in due course,” the EC said on Monday April 29. The safeguard measures use a combination of quotas and a tariff of 25% that is applied when the quota for a commodity or exporting region is fully taken up. The EC wants to avoid the imposition of “double remedies”, so that an anti-dumping measure will not be applied in addition to the 25% tariff after the quota is exhausted.


The European Commission (EC) imposed definitive safeguard measures on 28 imported steel products in February, replacing the provisional measures that had been in place since July 2018.

The EC opened the safeguard case in an attempt to prevent steel shipments being redirected to the EU after the United States imposed import tariffs as part of its Section 232 investigation. Almost one year after the preliminary measures were set, European steelmakers claimed the decision was not tough enough to curb the negative impact on prices from imports. European mills requested tougher measures, asking the EC to implement a quarterly volume allocation for all country-specific import quotas and remove the 5% year-on-year quotas rise. The EC first initiated a review of its steel import safeguard measures on May 17 of this year. Hot-rolled coil The impact of the safeguarding measures on the European HRC market has been minimal so far, market sources said. In the specific case of HRC, almost 60% of imports are covered by anti-dumping measures, so the EC applied a global quota to this product


Base metals prices on the London Metal Exchange are for the most part weaker this morning, Tuesday October 3. The exceptions are aluminium ($2,108.50 per tonne) and nickel ($10,490 per tonne) where prices are up by 0.2% and 0.3%, respectively, while the rest are down between 0.5% for zinc ($3,224.50 per tonne) and 0.1% for tin ($20,660 per tonne). Three-month copper prices are off by 0.4% at $6,465 per tonne.

The most-traded January nickel contract gained 2.55%, or 2,410 yuan, to 97,060 ($14,795) yuan per tonne as of 10:15 Shanghai time. Close connections between nickel and ferrous products made nickel prices the most sensitive to news of a fire at Bengang’s No.1 blast furnace on Friday September 1 that led the most-traded January rebar contract on the SHFE to gain more than 3% to 4,113 yuan per tonne on Monday morning, while the most-traded January hot-rolled coil contract surged nearly 4% during morning session. Fires have also broken out at several other steel mills including Xinxing Pipe and Hebei Shengbao, according to local media reports. "These accidents have raised market expectations of stricter safety checks and environmental inspections, which have lent support to the ferrous market,” said a Shanghai-based analyst. Meanwhile, constrains on the supply side for nickel are being aggravated by falling stocks

Source: MetalBulletin

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According to new report by Grand View Research,The Global Automotive Stainless Steel Tube market was dominated by Asia Pacific in 2015 and is projected to witness the highest CAGR of 4.4% from 2016 to 2024 and Rising automotive industry is projected to be the biggest driver of this market over the forecast period

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