China to cut steel exports in 2015: Association


MOSCOW – China will likely decrease steel exports in 2015 following the cancellation this year of export incentives such as tax rebates, a China Iron Ore and Steel Association (Cisa) official said on Monday.

“China does not plan to expand steel exports significantly.

“Next year we forecast that the Chinese exports will decrease compared with this year,” Chi Jingdong, deputy secretary-general of Cisa, said at the Worldsteel conference in Moscow.

China, capable of producing 1,1 billion metric tonnes of steel a year, boosted steel exports significantly in 2014, mainly due to the government’s preferential policies, including tax rebates for some steel products, Chi said.

China will produce about 830 million tonnes of steel this year and about the same amount next year, Chi added.

Battling with overproduction and the environmental effect of its steel industry, China is trying to reduce steel capacity by 100 million tonnes in the near future, including 80 million tonnes this year, Chi said.

Chinese steel exports surged by 10 million tonnes for the eight months from January to August this year to about 14,8 million tonnes, in part due to a recovery in global demand, he said.

“We think that it’s unrealistic to increase exports to resolve the issue of overcapacity in China,” Chi said.

“We think that tax rebate abolishment will have some impact on the enthusiasm of some Chinese steel companies and reduce their exports.”

He added that the performance of Chinese steel mills will be better in the second half of this year compared to the first half because of decreasing production costs due to falling iron ore and coal prices.

“The profits of steel companies, however, are still small as steel prices are at a very low level,” he said.

– Reuters