New Delhi: India’s finished steel exports in May fell to their lowest in three years as shipments to traditional markets in the European Union (EU) and Nepal shrank, preliminary government data reviewed by Reuters showed.
India exported 3,19,000 tonnes of finished steel in May, down 28 per cent from the same month last year and the lowest level since April 2016.
Steel exports to the EU dropped 55 per cent in May, led by fewer shipments to Italy, Belgium and Spain, which together made up about 80 per cent of India’s overall exports to the region.
That comes amid ‘safeguard’ measures by the EU that are designed to limit incoming steel and prevent a surge of imports as a result of Washington’s 25 per cent import tariffs, which have effectively closed the US market.
Indian exports to Italy slumped 65 per cent to 23,000 tonnes, according to the data. Exports to Spain fell 41 per cent to 13,000 tonnes, while shipments to Belgium were down 42 per cent at 25,000 tonnes.
India, which typically ships cold-rolled coil, galvanised steel and some long products such as bars and rods to the EU, saw a decline in these shipments by as much as 30 per cent.
Meanwhile, exports to Nepal, the top destination last year, were down 22 per cent at 63,000 tonnes.
Shipments were also substantially lower to Malaysia and Sri Lanka.