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Positive sentiment remains, despite 8.4% y/y fall in March mining production

By: Simone Liedtke     10th May 2018 The 8.4% year-on-year decrease in South Africa’s mining production in March is not necessarily an accurate reflection of the state of the mining industry, says international law firm Hogan Lovells mining head Warren Beech. He hopes that figures will have “smoothed out by June or July”, as at... 

South Africa to continue lobbying US for exemption on steel, aluminium tariffs

By: African News Agency      10th May 2018 South Africa will continue talks with the United States in a bid to get concessions on import tariffs on aluminium and steel, Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane said on Thursday. Briefing journalists on the outcomes of Wednesday's fortnightly cabinet meeting, Mokonyane said government was... 

South Africa views itself as ‘collateral damage’ in global trade war

By: Terence Creamer     2nd May 2018 Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) believes South Africa has become “collateral damage in the trade war of key global economies” after the country was excluded from a list of countries exempted from tariffs imposed by the US on steel and aluminium imports. While insisting that the country... 

Canada says US tariffs hurt jobs; aluminium industry worried

By: Reuters     1st May 2018 Canada has repeated its position that imposing punitive trade measures would hurt jobs in both countries, in reaction to US President Donald Trump's decision to postpone steel and aluminium tariffs that were set to go into effect on Tuesday. The Trump administration said on Monday that the 25%... 

South Korea steel shares rise on US steel tariff exemption

By: Reuters     26th March 2018 South Korea's steelmakers rose on Monday, with market heavyweight Posco leading the overall sector after the United States agreed to exempt South Korea from its new steel tariffs. Washington will impose a quota on steel imports instead, while South Korea in return will improve access for U.S.... 

South Africa makes formal request for exclusion from US metals tariffs 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd March 2018 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has made a formal submission to the US requesting the exclusion of South Africa from the imposition of duties on steel and aluminium products. A provision allowing for country-based exclusions from a 25% increase in the steel tariff and a 10% duty on... 

US tariff exemptions to boost Australian exports - industry

By: Reuters     12th March 2018 Australian steel and aluminium manufacturers said on Monday exports to the United States will grow after securing exemptions from tariffs signed into law by US President Donald Trump. Trump on Friday said Australia would become the third country to be free from a 25% tariff on steel imports and... 

Canada hails tariffs exemption, says to keep lobbying Washington

By: Reuters     9th March 2018 Canada on Thursday hailed the news it would not immediately be subject to US tariffs on steel and aluminum while promising to continue lobbying Washington until the threat of duties had disappeared. President Donald Trump announced the imposition of 25% tariffs on steel imports and 10% for... 

Australia hopeful of US tariff exemptions

By: Reuters     9th March 2018 Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Friday he is hopeful of securing an exemption from U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminium after sustained lobby effort by his government. US President Donald Trump on Thursday imposed a 25% tariff on steel imports and 10% for aluminium on Thursday. 

Forging and steel industries both affected by unpredictable steel price

By: Victor Moolman     9th March 2018 Owing to the volatile and unpredictable steel price from local raw steel mills, the steel industry is looking less to locally-forged parts and equipment, and more to imports, says steel supplier and processing company Allied Steelrode. “As an industry – and in common with the forging industry –... 

Pushback on Trump tariffs gathers steam, Mexico rejects bid to split NAFTA

By: Reuters     6th March 2018 Republican lawmakers stepped up calls for President Donald Trump to pull back from proposed tariffs on steel and aluminium imports as key trading partner Mexico rejected a bid by Washington to drive a wedge between it and Canada in talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.... 

South African steel, aluminum firms watchful, but not overly anxious, as US tariff hikes loom

By: Terence Creamer     6th March 2018 South African steel and aluminium firms remain watchful and uncertain about the effects that a proposed increased US trade protection will have. However, the companies also indicate that they will seek to mitigate the risk through export diversification, as well as a continued focus on markets... 

Trump ratchets up pressure on Canada, Mexico over trade

By: Reuters     5th March 2018 US President Donald Trump increased pressure on Canada and Mexico over trade on Monday, saying the two could avoid being caught in his planned hefty tariffs on steel and aluminium imports if they ceded ground to Washington in talks on a new NAFTA trade deal. Trump also said, after a weekend of... 

'Don't react': trade experts look past Trump noise at NAFTA talks

By: Reuters     4th March 2018 Donald Trump may be president of the US but his words do not necessarily carry the weight of the US government at the biggest trade shake-up he is pushing. Sometimes, it is better to block them out and carry on, participants say. Negotiations between the US, Canada and Mexico to redraw the North... 

Europe's firm response to stop short of trade war with Trump

By: Reuters     2nd March 2018 The firm response Europe has pledged to planned US tariffs on steel and aluminium imports is likely to stop short of triggering the trade war that open market supporters fear. US President Donald Trump said on Thursday the United States would apply duties of 25% on imported steel and 10% on... 

Trump trade war talk spooks emerging stocks

By: Reuters     2nd March 2018 Emerging market stocks fell to two-week lows on Friday, with steelmakers taking a pounding after President Donald Trump said he would impose hefty tariffs on US imports of steel and aluminium, reviving fears of a trade war. Trump said the duties of 25% on steel and 10% on aluminium would be... 

US steel, aluminium execs invited to White House for possible announcement

By: Reuters     1st March 2018 Several top US steel and aluminium executives have been invited to the White House on Thursday for what could be a major trade announcement, according to two people familiar with the meeting. US President Donald Trump has vowed to take steps to crack down on imports of steel and aluminium and has... 

As Trump takes aim at foreign metal, Canada argues for exemption

By: Bloomberg     20th February 2018 The biggest steel and aluminium exporter to the US is hopeful of being left out of a Trump administration crackdown on foreign shipments. The US Commerce Department didn’t recommend giving Canada a pass when it outlined possible tariffs and quotas on Friday, but it did single out its northern... 

Seifsa worried about potential impact of proposed US steel import tariff increases

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th February 2018 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has warned that the difficulties facing the local steel industry would continue to worsen in the year ahead if the US Department of Commerce's recommendation for a tariff of at least 53% on all steel imports from 12... 

As 'America First' turns to steel, Canada looks to duck trump ax

By: Bloomberg     20th February 2018 Canada, the top steel and aluminum exporter to the US, is hopeful of being left out of a Trump administration crackdown on foreign shipments. While the US Commerce Department didn’t recommend giving its northern neighbor a pass when it outlined possible tariffs and quotas on Friday, it did... 

Japan's steel industry urges Trump to make careful trade decision

By: Reuters     19th February 2018 Japan's steel industry said on Monday the US Commerce Department proposal to President Donald Trump to impose curbs on steel imports violate the principles of free trade, calling for Washington to make a careful and appropriate decision. The US Commerce Department recommended on Friday that Trump... 

Trump weighs tariffs, quotas on US steel, aluminium imports

By: Reuters     14th February 2018 US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he was considering a range of options to address steel and aluminium imports that he said were unfairly hurting US producers, including tariffs and quotas. Trump's comments - his strongest signal in months that he will take at least some action to... 

China urges US to rein in 'trade remedy measures' for steel

By: Reuters     13th February 2018 China has expressed concerns over excessive protectionism in the steel sector by the United States, and urged it to show restraint in using trade remedy measures, an official with Chinese Ministry of Commerce (Mofcom) said on Tuesday. Wang Hejun, the head of Mofcom's Trade Remedy and... 

Rio Tinto confident US will treat Canada differently on trade

By: Bloomberg     8th February 2018 The head of Rio Tinto Group’s aluminium division is confident the Trump administration will recognize that Canada must be viewed differently when considering import tariffs on the metal and in Nafta talks. “There’s a clear recognition of the strategic importance of the Canadian industry to the... 

EU steel sector sees demand growth in 2018, import threat

By: Reuters     6th February 2018 European steel demand is set to rise in 2018 with continued strength in most steel-using sectors, European steel association Eurofer said on Tuesday, while warning of a threat of rising imports. Apparent steel consumption, which excludes the impact of inventory changes, is set to rise by 1.9% in... 

Aluminium giants stop short of backing Trump import crackdown

By: Bloomberg     23rd June 2017 As the calls for restrictions on cheap Chinese imports reach a fever pitch in Washington, some of the biggest North American aluminium producers are advocating a softer touch. Alcoa Corp. urged the US to directly engage with China to ensure overproduction no longer spills out to the rest of the... 

Eskom downgrade has AMSA CEO worried about steel

By: Anine Kilian     14th June 2017 With ratings agency Moody’s Investors Service cutting State power utility Eskom’s credit to two notches below investment grade on Wednesday, ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) CEO Wim de Klerk expressed his concern about the downgrade’s impact on the local steel industry. Addressing delegates at a... 

Steel industry needs to pull together to fight import risks 

By: Anine Kilian     14th June 2017 In light of the recently implemented safeguard duty on hot-rolled steel, continued collaboration among stakeholders is necessary to protect the steel industry against the influx of steel imports, said consulting firm XA International Trade Advisors director Donald Mackay on Tuesday. Speaking at a... 

Steel industry to discuss import challenges at June workshop

By: Anine Kilian     2nd June 2017 Consulting firm XA International Trade Advisors will, on June 14, host a workshop for domestic steel industry participants to meet and discuss possible solutions to the threat posed by rising steel imports. The workshop will look at the trend of increased global protection in the steel industry... 

Davies promises support for downstream firms as he confirms steel safeguard duty  

By: Terence Creamer     8th May 2017 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies confirmed on Monday that he had signed off on a hot-rolled coil (HRC) safeguard duty, but refused to be drawn on the duty level proposed until the Word Trade Organisation (WTO) had been notified. Speaking in Johannesburg at the release of the ninth... 

Solidarity protects local steel industry

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd March 2017 Following the National Treasury’s instruction last month that State-owned entities must use 100% locally manufactured structural steel last month, trade union Solidarity says it will act as a watchdog to ensure that this happens.  

DTI promises fast-tracked support for downstream steel industry

By: Terence Creamer     17th February 2017 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) insists that measures to support the downstream steel industry in South Africa are a priority for government and are being fast-tracked. In a statement outlining the various interventions undertaken since 2015 to support a primary steel sector wracked by... 

NMDC divestment hinges on merger proposal with steelmaker RINL

By: Ajoy K Das     13th February 2017 The Indian government’s plans for the strategic disinvestment in iron-ore miner NMDC will, most likely, hinge on a final decision on the proposed merger of NMDC with steel producer Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited (RINL). According to a senior government official, there are two proposals before the... 

Year’s best miner Cliffs says Trump to keep good times rolling

By: Bloomberg     10th December 2016 The head of Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. was preparing for a “worst-case scenario” next year. Instead, he got Donald Trump. Cliffs, the world’s best-performing raw materials producer this year, will probably generate “a lot” of cash, with which it will pay down debt, Chief Executive Officer... 

AMSA shareholders back R2.2bn empowerment deal

By: Terence Creamer     18th November 2016 Shareholders in ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) voted on Friday in favour of a R2.2-billion broad-based black economic empowerment transaction, involving Likamva Resources. The approval was carried by 99.9% of the shares that were eligible to vote. The deal will see Likamva initially hold a 17%... 

AMSA insists R2.27bn empowerment deal meets highest governance standards

By: Terence Creamer     28th September 2016 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has unwrapped its long-awaited R2.27-billion broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) transaction, which chairperson Mpho Makwana insists meets the highest standards of probity and governance. An earlier 2010 attempt by the JSE-listed company... 

Preventative measures necessary to stop China dumping steel – Solidarity 

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th August 2016 Trade union Solidarity on Tuesday raised an alarm about the potential collapse of South Africa’s already-strained steel industry as cheap imports and “unfair trade practices” threaten the sustainability of local steel producers. Presenting its views to the International Trade Administration... 

IDC seeks strategic partner for struggling Scaw unit

By: Terence Creamer     30th August 2016 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has initiated a process to find a strategic equity partner for its struggling steel subsidiary Scaw Metals, which reported a loss of over R1-billion for 2016. Speaking at the IDC’s financial results at the Coega Industrial Development Zone, in the... 

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