Steel export seen dipping by 35 pc


“We believe India will remain a net importer of steel for the third consecutive year in 2009-10. We expect exports to fall by 35 per cent to 3.2 million tonnes in the current fiscal,” the economic think-tank said in the August review of the Indian economy.

The domestic steel industry is already trying to lower dependence on the export markets mainly because of the spurt in domestic demand and slowdown in the developed countries. World steel production in the first three months of 2009 was 269 million tonnes, a decrease of 22.8 per cent over the same period in 2008. The largest decline in steel demand was felt in the US, Europe and Japan.

CMIE said that healthy demand would lead to an eight per cent rise in imports to 5.7 million tonnes during the current fiscal.

The research outfit observed that the price of the long- term products would remain subdued till construction picks up post-September, while flat steel prices were expected to remain ‘range-bound’ in the near term.

Coupled with the commissioning of 4.8 million tonnes of fresh capacity, production of steel in India would go up by 6.5 per cent during the current fiscal, it said.

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