The analysis identifies China as the largest exporting region in 2018 (in terms of extra-regional exports), and other Asia as the largest importing region (in terms of extra-regional imports). For this purpose, other Asia includes South Korea, Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia.
In 2018, approx 27% of all steel made crossed a border prior to being consumed. International trade in steel amounted to ~457 million tonnes.
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Source: World Steel Association [worldsteel] - World Steel in Figures, 2019.
All figures are millions of metric tonnes.