China Watch

  • China cold-rolled wave hits US, more expected Dec 19, 2013

    Large volumes of imported flat-rolled steel have begun to hit U.S. shores, and buyers and sellers predict increasing volumes through the first half of 2014.

  • Baosteel temporarily shuts nearly all US offices Dec 18, 2013

    Baosteel America Inc. has temporarily closed all but one of its U.S. sales offices at a time of increasing regulatory and trade restrictions against imports of Chinese material.

  • Zorba export prices steady; uptick eyed Dec 18, 2013

    U.S. export prices for zorba have stabilized despite falling demand from Chinese buyers, sources said, noting that gains in terminal markets were "artificially holding the zorba market up."

  • China challenges US trade measures vs. OCTG at WTO Dec 13, 2013

    China has filed a World Trade Organization (WTO) request for consultations with the United States on anti-dumping measures on 13 products, including oil country tubular goods (OCTG).

  • China’s Nov. daily crude steel output falls, but growth seen ahead Dec 10, 2013

    China’s daily crude steel output fell last month to the lowest level this year, but one government-backed think tank sees growth ahead.

  • China’s crude steel output climbs in early November Nov 18, 2013

    China’s crude steel output increased in early November.

  • China’s copper imports up more than 26% in October Nov 11, 2013

    China’s copper imports increased 26.4 percent in October from a year earlier, reflecting a resurgent Chinese economy and renewed demand for copper financing.

  • China’s daily output of crude steel falls further in mid-Oct. Oct 28, 2013

    China’s daily crude steel output continued to drop in mid-October, with the steel market yet to see any sign of improvement.

  • W. Coast scrap export prices climb higher Oct 21, 2013

    West Coast export prices for bulk shipments of ferrous scrap continued to climb on strong demand from several Far East Asian countries last week.

  • China’s copper, aluminum imports rise in September Oct 21, 2013

    China’s refined copper imports jumped to 347,305 tonnes in September, up 32.1 percent from the previous month and the highest level since February 2012.

  • China’s ‘Green Fence’ staying up: CCIC Sep 05, 2013

    Heightened inspections of China’s scrap imports will continue indefinitely, officials from China Certification & Inspection Co. Ltd. (CCIC) told AMM.

  • China ending some import license requirements Aug 28, 2013

    China will eliminate license requirements for imports of copper cathode, copper concentrate, copper scrap and stainless steel scrap, according to a statement posted on the Ministry of Commerce’s website Aug. 27. The initiative, which aims to loosen commodity markets in China, will take effect Sept. 1.

  • China’s crude steel production slips Aug 28, 2013

    China’s crude steel output averaged 2.12 million tonnes per day in the second 10 days of August, down 1.2 percent from the first 10 days of the month, the China Iron and Steel Association (Cisa) said Aug. 28.

  • China’s ferroalloy imports climb Aug 22, 2013

    China’s ferroalloy imports rose in July, led by a surge in chrome ore imports.

  • China’s steel production will maintain steady growth: Cisa Aug 22, 2013

    China’s steel output is expected to maintain 3- to 5-percent annual growth in the medium term thanks to steady economic expansion, according to the China Iron and Steel Association (Cisa).

  • China nickel, copper imports up Aug 21, 2013

    China’s refined nickel imports totaled 16,670 tonnes in June, up 21.9 percent from a year earlier to the highest level since January, while shipments of nickel ores jumped 9.8 percent to a year-to-date high of 6.55 million tonnes.

  • China’s stainless flat exports rise ahead of dumping duty Aug 21, 2013

    China’s exports of stainless steel flat products rose last month as shipments to Taiwan spiked ahead of the implementation of a provisional anti-dumping duty on Chinese cold-rolled stainless flat products.

  • China's crude steel production rises Aug 20, 2013

    China’s crude steel output averaged 2.14 million tonnes per day in the first 10 days of August, up 2.7 percent from late July, the China Iron and Steel Association (Cisa) said Aug. 20.

  • Chinese wire rod imports spike Aug 19, 2013

    Wire rod imports from China have surged to more than 244,000 tonnes in the first half of 2013, more than double the volume in the same period last year, replacing Turkey as the largest offshore supplier to the United States, according to U.S. Census Bureau data analyzed by AMM.

  • China seen cracking down on scrap resellers Aug 14, 2013

    Chinese nonferrous scrap importers with licenses from China’s General Administration for Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) have been trading significant quantities of metal to unlicensed scrapyards in the country, according to exporters.

  • Electrical steel duty cut said not enough Aug 01, 2013

    China has lowered some duties on imports of grain-oriented electrical steel from the United States following a WTO ruling, but the U.S. industry claims the move is not enough to level the playing field.

  • Commerce considers duty revocation Jul 31, 2013

    The Commerce Department's International Trade Administration is initiating five-year reviews of existing anti-dumping duties on imports of metals-related items from Australia, China and Taiwan.

  • Commerce reviews anti-dumping, countervailing duties Jul 31, 2013

    The Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration has initiated anti-dumping duty reviews of imports of pipe, steel cylinders, roller bearings and silicon metal and a countervailing duty review of imports of high-pressure steel cylinders.

  • General Steel facing NYSE delisting on slumping stock Jul 26, 2013

    Beijing-based General Steel Holdings Inc., a major nonstate-owned producer of rebar, high-speed wire and spiral-weld pipe, said it has been notified by the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) that the company has failed to meet the exchange’s continued listing standard.

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