World steel pricing history - flat & long products.
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Price of Steel 2008-2019 HRC CRC HDG PPGI & rebar prices

Recent pricing history - flat and long finished products.


Price of carbon steel in US $ / metric tonne.
YearMonthHRCCRCHDG OCSTinplateRebar
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 20151504608725858954502
 20152475606714839932492
 20153440578680817912470
 20154423556668800913461
 20155405557673764919467
 20156400541663806911472
 20157386532650807901449
 20158379512638761891438
 20159378508631734885423
 201510352493616727855404
 201511324458588696823372
 201512309459578650812364
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Table last updated: 24th September 2019. Next update: ~ 24th October 2019.

Notes and definitions

1) Steel prices are in US $ per metric tonne. They describe average monthly world export fob prices.

2) Product definitions are as follows (for further detail, see harmonised system 6-digit codes listed below):

  • HRC, wide strip unpickled hot rolled sheet and coil <3mm gauge.
  • CRC, cold rolled coil or sheet 0.5-1mm thick.
  • HDG, hot dip zinc galvanised sheet or coil [often also called GI, galvanised iron] width > 600mm.
  • OCS, organic coated sheet with HDG substrate [also called PPGI or pre-painted galvanised iron].
  • Tinplate, sheet under 0.5mm gauge.
  • Rebar prices are for hot rolled deformed reinforcing bar (excl rod).

3) Pricing data is compiled by MCI. It originates from national customs statistics of larger exporting countries. Figures cover the following 6-digit codes within the harmonised tariff schedule: Hot rolled steel coil 720839, Cold rolled sheet and coil 720917, HDG 721049, OCS 721070, tinplate 721012, rebar 721420.

4) Note that the latest price points (the last two months in particular) for each product may change, as additional customs data becomes available.

5) Final data point normally shows steel prices per ton that are ~2 months old. This is because a short time delay is necessary for data collection.




The price cycle & steel price forecasts

Steel prices typically move through peaks and troughs, in a so-called price cycle that typically lasts several years. Across this cycle, the price of steel can easily change by +/- 20% or more. Feel free to contact us for further information about the next price cycle or for related projections covering metal prices or steelmaking raw material costs.



More steel prices - other cost and pricing information resources

For other online information see London Metal Exchange (LME) rebar cost page.

For historic graphs, see our price charts page.