New Delhi: The steel exports in February registered a growth of 150% while imports came down by 46%. The quantum jump in exports comes at a time when the government is providing extensive support to the domestic steel industry by way of trade remedial measures, including anti-dumping.
The consumption of steel in February increased marginally by 3% over the same month in 2016, the latest government data showed. Exports in February 2017 (at 0.75 mt) was up by 150% over February 2016, but declined by 15% over January 2017.
Imports in February 2017 (0.49 mt) was down by 46% over February 2016 and by 19% over January 2017. The overall crude steel production in February 2017 saw an increase of 8.5% at 8.08 mt. “During April-February 2016-17, crude steel production was 89.08 mt, a growth of 9.3 per cent over the same period last year,” it said.
The consumption of total finished steel saw a growth of 3.4% in April-February at 76.22 mt. Import of total finished steel at 6.59 mt in the first 11 months of 2016-17 declined by 38.5% over the year-ago period. “Export of total finished steel was up by 77.6 per cent in April-February 2016-17 (6.62 mt) over the same period of last year,” the data showed.