MEXICO CITY Mexican steel association Canacero has urged
the government to adopt safeguard measures to control steel
imports, largely those from outside the North American Free
Trade Agreement (Nafta) region.
Mexican imports of finished steel products rose 29 percent in
the January-through-November period of 2012, reaching 5.5
Imports of manufactured steel products rose 30.4 percent to 2
Unfair trading practices and imports could depress domestic
production rates and investment in the Mexican steel industry,
"The gravity of the situation requires immediate action by the
authorities, in a similar way as United States and Canada, in
the sense of strengthening and streamlining the surveillance,"
Salvador Quesada Salinas, general manager of Canacero, said in
Imports of most products into Mexico increased sharply in the
January-to-November period, with flat products up 35.4 percent
to 3.8 million tonnes and long products up 16.4 percent to 1.5
Plate imports rose 32 percent and hot-rolled coil and wire rod
imports jumped 46 percent for the first 11 months of the year,
Meanwhile, rebar imports skyrocketed by 314 percent, seam pipe
jumped 46 percent and hot-dipped galvanized coil rose 45
Coated steel product imports rose 32.3 percent to 1.3 million
tonnes over the same period, while seamless pipe imports rose
14.6 percent to reach 132,000 tonnes.
Canacero noted that a considerable volume of total imports
comes from countries outside the Nafta area, including China,
Russia and Ukraine.
"Imports will worsen in the coming months, given the detection
of new shipments for the Mexican market, mainly from Ukraine
and China," Canacero said.
A version of this article was first published by AMM sister
publication Steel First.