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G20 to announce steel capacity solutions by Nov.

Aug 03, 2017 | 08:00 PM | Fastmarkets AMM staff

The Group of 20’s policy solutions to combat a global steel glut are being crafted as U.S. steel producers push for relief via Section 232 remedies.

The Group of 20 (G20) will announce policy solutions to combat global steel overcapacity by November 2017, the organization said in a statement published on July 10.

Policy announcements later this year will follow an enhancement of information sharing and cooperation in August among members of the Global Forum on Steel Excess Capacity.

The group reiterated its support for an “truly level playing field” in global trade, and its opposition to market-distorting subsidies from governments and other organizations, following its summit of world leaders in Hamburg, Germany.

European steel trade federation Eurometal welcomed the G20’s comments and interpreted them as support for European Union anti-dumping measures against steel imports. The EC is currently deciding whether to set definitive duties on imports of hot-rolled coil from five countries.

The G20’s comments come at a time when the United States is threatening to punish steel imports through its Section 232 investigation,
which would allow President Donald Trump to set import duties on materials he considers a threat to national security.

U.S. steel producers remain staunch supporters of Section 232, and their expectations that stringent tariffs will be applied to steel imports has prompted certain mills to push for price rises. But European organizations such as Eurometal have warned that the investigations could create
strongly negative effects in the global steel trade.

“Free and fair international steel trading is at considerable risk, with unpredictable dangers of a spiraling trade war in steel,” Eurometal said.


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