Steel makers hike hot-rolled coil prices by 6%

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December 03, 2020 2:30 AM

Even after the price hike, domestic steel would be cheaper by around 4-5% compared with the landed cost of imports from Korea, a country with which India has free trade agreement (FTA) pact, providing domestic firms scope to raise the price further.

steel sectorSteel production through BF-BOF route uses iron ore of 1.65 tonne and coking coal of around 750 kg per tonne of steel.

Domestic steelmakers on Wednesday raised the price for hot-rolled coil (HRC) by nearly 6%, apparently to offset the impact on their margins from a hike in iron ore prices effected by miners, effective December 1. HRC, a benchmark product, will now be priced Rs 47,500-47,650 a tonne.

Even after the price hike, domestic steel would be cheaper by around 4-5% compared with the landed cost of imports from Korea, a country with which India has free trade agreement (FTA) pact, providing domestic firms scope to raise the price further.

“We have also increased the price along with other steel players. Today our HRC price is around Rs 47,500-47,650 per tonne in Chennai, Mumbai and Delhi. We are forced to hike prices as iron ore prices have again inched up,” said VR Sharma, managing director, JSPL, said.

With effect from December 2, NMDC raised the price for both lump and fines ore by Rs 500 a tonne to Rs 4,500 per tonne and Rs 4,110 per tonne respectively. Domestic miners mainly take cue from the state-run miner for effecting any revision in the price of the key steel-making raw material.

Apart from the rise in iron ore prices, buoyant domestic demand (7.7% rise month-on-month in October), the below-normal production from the secondary steelmakers who generally contribute nearly 40% of the country’s total steel production and a good prospect for exports are keeping steel prices at an elevated level.

Limited import opportunity is also keeping the prices high. Japan and Korea have now started exporting more to Europe since realisations are better in these countries compared to India. In addition, domestic demand in these two countries is also buoyant now.

The rising trend in the domestic price of steel is expected to continue till China devours all its steel in the domestic market leaving other countries which used to depend on China for steel to look out for alternate sources including India, the supply of iron ore becomes regular in the domestic market and secondary steel producers resume normal production.

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