Steel imports fall 36% to 7.4 mt in 2016-17; exports jump 102%

Source: The Hindu Business Line, Apr 19, 2017

New Delhi: India’s import of total finished steel fell 36 per cent to 7.4 million tonnes (MT) and exports jumped 102 per cent to 8.2 mt in 2016-17.

The country did well in terms of production too, according to Joint Plant Committee’s annual report on the sector for 2016-17.

Export of total finished steel rose 102.1 per cent in April-March 2016-17 to 8.244 mt against 4 mt in the same period last year and imports fell to 7.4 mt from 11.7 mt in the preceding fiscal, it said.

“During April-March 2016-17, crude steel production was 97.385 mt, a growth of 8.5 per cent, over the same period last year,” the report said.

The country recorded a crude steel output of 89.7 mt in 2015-16.

Consumption of steel also grew from 81.5 mt to 83.9 mt in 2016-17.

In March 2017, exports were up 363 per cent at 1.621 mt over the year-ago period, while it rose 114 per cent compared to the preceding month of February 2017 at 0.756 mt.

Imports at 0.8 mt were down 19.7 per cent in March this year over March 2016 but were up 51.8 per cent over February 2017 at 0.491 mt, it added.

Overall, crude steel production in March 2017 (8.274 mt) was down 0.5 per cent over March 2016 but was up 2 per cent over February 2017 at 8.084 mt, the data showed.

India is the third largest producer of crude steel after China and Japan and is aiming to become the second largest in the near term.

Constituted in 1964, Joint Plant Committee formulates the guidelines for production, allocation, pricing and distribution of iron and steel materials.

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