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Recent pricing history - steel products

Price of carbon steel in US $ / metric tonne.
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Table last updated: 29th October 2020. Next update: ~ 26th November 2020.

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.



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