World steel pricing history - flat & long products.
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Price of steel 2001-2018 HRC CRC HDG PPGI & rebar prices

Recent pricing history - flat and long finished products.

Price of steel in US $ / metric tonne.
YearMonthHRCCRCHDG OCSTinplateRebar
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Table last updated: 22nd November 2018. Next update: ~ 23rd December 2018.

Notes and definitions for the pricing data shown in table above

1) 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 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: HRC 720839, CRC 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. [A short 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 forecasts covering steel products or steelmaking raw materials.

More steel prices - other cost and pricing information resources

For other online information see the London Metal Exchange (LME) rebar cost page. For historic graphs, see our price charts page.