BURSA, Turkey Turkish
steel exports totaled 19.9 million tonnes in 2012, up 9.6
percent from the previous year, according to data published by
the Turkish Steel Exporters Association (CIB).
The value of the exports rose
1.8 percent to $15.6 billion in the same comparison.
The Middle East was the largest
market for Turkish steel, importing 8.1 million tonnes in 2012.
The European Union ranked second with 2.2 million tonnes, and
North Africa followed with 2.1 million tonnes.
Steel bar made up the largest
share of the export total, reaching nearly 8.9 million tonnes
last year. It was followed by billet, 2.97 million tonnes;
steel pipe, 1.9 million tonnes; sections, almost 1.7 million
tonnes; and wire rod, nearly 1.1 million tonnes.
However, export volumes fell in
December to nearly 1.7 million tonnes, down 5.7 percent from
the same month a year earlier. The exports were valued at $1.26
billion, down 9.9 percent year on year.
The Middle East was again the
largest buyer of Turkish steel products in December, taking in
695,000 tonnes. The European Union was second with 218,000
tonnes, while North America imported some 195,000 tonnes.
Steel bar again accounted for
the largest share of the December tally, at 840,000 tonnes;
followed by steel pipe, 200,000 tonnes; sections, 126,000
tonnes; hot-rolled coil, 122,000 tonnes; and steel billet,
A version of this article
was first published by AMM sister publication Steel