We knew the Hanjin situation was bad August saw the lowest levels of Steel exports from China since February, just days after it was announced that at the G20 summit in Hongzhou, EU commissioner Jean-Claude Junker had demanded China amended it’s over capacitated Steel industry.
Shipments from the biggest producer dropped to 9 million metric tons from 10.3 million in July and 9.7 million tons a year earlier, according to China’s customs Thursday. Volumes in the first eight months are still the highest ever for the period, gaining 6.3 percent to 76.35 million tons from last year.
Local prices of reinforcement bar assessed by Beijing Antaike Information Development Co. climbed 4 percent in August, extending their 5.6 percent gain in July. The benchmark steel product used in construction rallied to 2,705 yuan ($406) a metric ton last month, the highest since May, and was at 2,668 yuan on Wednesday.
Steel cargoes from China expanded this year as output has proven to be unexpectedly resilient after the government boosted stimulus to prop up its economy. Mills are currently ramping up supply after a series of cuts were lifted, said Huatai’s Xu. Data on August industrial production, including crude-steel output, are due for release on Sept. 13.