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Steel Prices Climb 7.8 Percent in May(2007-6-6)

Jun 6, 2007

The price of major steel products in China rose 7.8 percent in May from the same period last year asdemand and production costs both climbed, according to the country's top economic planning agency.  

The steel price averaged 4,255 yuan (557 U.S. dollars) per ton at major markets in 30 provinces, municipalities, and autonomous regions, 3.34 percent up on April, said Wang Shuangzheng, an official at the Price Monitoring Center of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).  

Stainless steel recorded the biggest price jump, said Wang, outstripping low-end construction steel, pipe steel and plated steel. Stainless steel sheets were traded at 32,927 yuan (4,310 U.S. dollars) per ton on average, up 37.43 percent from last May.  

Wang predicted the steel price will continue to rise in June asthis is one of the peak seasons for construction and the prices ofiron ore and coke are also climbing.  

Despite the scrapping of export duties on some steel products, steel exports are booming with the international steel price higher than the price in China, Wang added.  

China exported 21.3 million tons of steel products between January and April, more than double the 9.2 million tons in the same period last year, according to the General Administration of Customs.  

The world's biggest producer and consumer of steel, China has introduced a series of measures to curb the growth in steel exports this year.  

China imposed five to 10 percent export tariffs on more than 80 steel products including common carbon steel wire, sheets and plate on June 1.  

The country also cutted export tax rebates on 83 steel products and lowered the rate on 76 others to five percent as of April 15. A total of 83 steel products became subject to an export license management system on May 20.  

"It may take a while before the measures take effect. Demand for steel remains huge in the global market," said an NDRC report released last week [Xinhua News].replica watches packaging is of great importance. The colorful vintage miu miu bags inspired graphics on the t-shirts featuring the over the front and back lend a classic look that is extraordinary.

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