In January–May 2021, Turkey’s steelmakers ramped up imports of billets from Ukraine by 28% to 259.5 thousand tons y-o-y, according to Steel Orbis citing the Turkish Statistical Institute (TUIK).

In May, Turkey cut imports of billets from Ukraine by 10.5% to 22.3 thousand tons.

In January–May in total, Turkish steel producers increased imports of billets by 178.3% to 1.63 million tons y-o-y.

Russia is Turkey’s key billets supplier accounting for 56% of Turkey’s total imports. In H1 2021, Turkish steelmakers consumed almost 911.7 thousand tons of Russian metal products, 180.4% up from the same period a year earlier.

Turkey is the seventh largest steel producer in the world in terms of volumes. According to the Turkish Steel Producers Association, in 2020, the country increased steel production by 6% to 35.8 million tons y-o-y.

In January–April 2021, Turkey increased imports of pig iron from Ukraine by 0.2% to 111.6 thousand tons compared to the same period of 2020, according to Steel Orbis citing the Turkish Statistical Institute (TUIK).

In April 2021, Turkish steelmakers increased pig iron imports from Ukraine by 53.2% to 33.5 thousand tons against April 2020.

In total, Turkey cut pig iron imports by 24.1% to 319.1 thousand tons compared to 4M 2020.

Ukraine is Turkey’s key pig iron importer. Its share accounts for 35% of the total imports.

Russia ranks second — it exported 75 thousand tons of pig iron to Turkey over the first four months of 2021 (62.4% less as compared to January–April 2020). Russia’s share in the total exports is 23%.

Turkey is the seventh largest steel producer in the world in terms of volumes. According to the Turkish Steel Producers Association, in 2020, the country increased steel production by 6% to 35.8 million tons y-o-y.

As reported earlier, in 2020, Ukraine increased pig iron exports by 20.3% to 3.1 million tons compared to 2019. Revenues from pig iron exports grew by 15% to $922.2 million.

Turkey is the third largest consumer of pig iron in the world in terms of volumes. The country accounts for 5.9% of the total pig iron imports from Ukraine in 2020.

Thailand’s Ministry of Commerce has extended anti-dumping duties on imports of some HRC items from 14 countries, including Ukraine, for another five years, according to Steel Orbis.

The anti-dumping duty originally came into effect in May 2015 and amounted to 0% to 128.11%. In May 2020, the Ministry reported to have revised the safeguards.

The anti-dumping investigation was initiated by the Thai steel companies Sahaviriya Steel Industries, G Steel Company, GJ Steel and Sahaviriya Plate Mill.

Now, following the investigation, the Ministry of Commerce of Thailand decided to maintain the anti-dumping duties on imports of some hot-rolled products at a rate of 0% to 128.11%. The duties affect the following countries:

  1. Ukraine: 30.45–67.69%
  2. Algeria: 33.26%
  3. Argentina: 37.94–53.09%
  4. India: 20.02–31.92%
  5. Indonesia: 24.48%
  6. Japan: 0–36.25%
  7. Kazakhstan: 68.11–109.25%
  8. Romania: 27.95%
  9. Russia: 24.20–35.17%
  10. South Korea: 2.81–58.85%
  11. Slovakia: 51.95%
  12. South Africa: 128.11%
  13. Taiwan: 3.45–25.15%
  14. Venezuela: 78.44%

As reported earlier, last year Thailand canceled duties on imports of some types of non-alloy hot-rolled flat products from all countries, including Ukraine (in coils and sheets). The Government of Thailand reported a substantial decrease in imports of metal products.