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Foreign Trade

Development of Global Steel Exports Steel Mill Products, 2014 – 2019

The global steel exports decreased last to 325 million tonnes. About 20 percent were exported from China. The exports of the remaining world decreased slightly by about 6 million tonnes

World Steel* trade: Import-Export-Balance 2018/2019

NAFTA, Near East and Africa are the classical import regions of global steel trade. Traditionally the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) is an export region. In the past 10 years Asia has developed into an export region as well. This is caused by China as the greatest steel exporting country.

EU Steel Import: Intensive Surge

34.6 million tonnes have been imported in 2019.

EU-28: Steel foreign trade

35 million tonnes have been imported, while exports stay stabil at about 22 million tonnes. Overall, 13 million tonnes less were exported than imported.

EU-28: Steel foreign trade by regions

EU-imports are dominated by China and the CIS. EU steel industry exports its products primarily to other European countries, to Africa and the NAFTA.

Germany: Steel foreign trade

Approx. 80 % of steel foreign trade in Germany is transacted within the EU. Overall, the import-export-balance of German rolled steel is nearly balanced. Traditionally the trade with third-countries generates export surpluses.