Steel exports surge 69%, imports up 2.4% in May
India's steel exports jumped by 69 per cent in May to 0.641 million tonnes (mt) over the same month last year while imports were up by 2.4 per cent, according to a Steel Ministry report. Export of total finished steel was up by 102 per cent in April-may 2017 to 1.387 mt over the same period last year.
“The overall export in May at 0.641 mt was down by 14.1 per cent over April 2017 but was up by 69 per cent over May 2016," said the Joint Plant Committee report. Import of total finished steel, at 1.062 mt in the first two months of the current fiscal, declined by 11.4 per cent over the same period last year.
"Overall imports in May 2017, at 0.558 mt, were up by 10.7 per cent over April 2017 and were up by 2.4 per cent over May 2016," it said. India's consumption of total finished steel, at 13.785 mt, saw a growth of 4.2 per cent in the first two months of the current fiscal over the year-ago period, under the influence of rising production for sale. Last month, overall consumption stood at 7.491 mt, up by 1 per cent over the corresponding month last year. In May, production for sale of total finished steel, at 9.066 mt, registered a growth of 4.4 per cent over the corresponding month last year.
Production was, however, up by 7 per cent over April 2017. SAIL, RINL, TSL, Essar, JSWL and JSPL together produced 10.234 mt during the April-may period of the current fiscal, which was a growth of 15 per cent over the same period last year, the report said. An amount of 9.082 mt came from the other producers, which was a growth of 0.1 per cent over same period last year, it added.
Meanwhile, the Union Cabinet last month gave its approval to the National Steel Policy 2017, which projected crude steel capacity of 300 million tonnes (mt), production of 255 mt and a robust finished steel per capita consumption of 158 kg by 203031, as against the current consumption of 61 kg. According to the policy, the 300 mt of steel making capacity would translate into additional investment of Rs 10 lakh crore by 2030-31.