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Last Updated : Jan 14, 2018 06:28 PM IST | Source: PTI

Finished steel exports surge 29% in December; imports fall 26%

The import of finished steel during April-December last year surged 10.9 percent to 6.096 MT, as against 5.495 MT in the same period the previous year.

India's total export of finished steel in December last year jumped 28.9 percent to 0.964 million tonnes (MT), official data showed.

The country had shipped 0.748 MT finished steel in the same month in 2016.

During April-December of 2017-18, the export of finished steel increased 52.9 percent to 7.606 MT, from 4.975 MT in the year-ago period, the Joint Plant Committee (JPC) has said in its latest report.

On the other hand, imports were down 26 percent at 0.561 MT in December 2017 compared to 0.762 MT during the same month a year ago.

The import of finished steel during April-December last year surged 10.9 percent to 6.096 MT, as against 5.495 MT in the same period the previous year.

"India was a net exporter of total finished steel in December 2017 as also during April-December 2017," the report said.

India's consumption of finished steel in December 2017 rose 6.2 percent to 7.621 MT compared to 7.175 MT in the year-ago period.

In April-August 2017, the consumption of finished steel witnessed a growth of 5.2 percent to 64.867 MT as against 61.662 MT during the same period a year ago "under the influence of rising production for sale and imports," it said.

Not very happy with the export figures, Steel Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh has said India should export six to seven percent of its total steel production from the existing 1.5 percent.

"There is no reason to be happy with 1.5 percent of export. In the next few years, Indian steel exports should increase to 6-7 percent of total production," Singh said at a session on Thursday.

Empowered by the Ministry of Steel, the JPC is the only institution in the country that collects data on the Indian iron and steel industry.
First Published on Jan 14, 2018 05:44 pm
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