China’s exports of finished steel for the period January to April grew 10.16% to 16.8Mt.

This took place despite of the central government’s progressive measures to curb the country’s excessive exports of energy-intensive commodities due to environmental protection concerns.

Exports of Bar & Rod products rose the most reaching 3.062Mt, up 38.89% followed by angles and sections at 1.071Mt, up 33.53%. Pipe, tube and fittings reached 3.432Mt, up 8.05%. Flat products were the largest product exported reaching 8.470Mt a modest increase of just 2.44Mt. Stainless exports saw a decline of -10.56% exports reaching 636.99kt.

Source: China Metals e-mail