This is to reflect the current market situation where most overseas buyers typically buy A36 plate instead of Q235B.

The amended specification of this price assessment will be:

MB-STE-0146 Steel heavy plate export, fob China main port, $/tonne
A36, width 1,800-2,500mm, thickness 14-20mm
Quantity: 1,000-10,000 tonnes
Location: fob Tianjin
Timing: 4-6 weeks
Unit: US$/tonne
Payment terms: Letter of credit on sight
Publication: Weekly. Tuesday, 5-6pm Shanghai time
Notes: Contains at least 0.0008% boron to qualify for tax rebate of 13%

The one-month consultation for this proposed amendment will end on Sunday April 5, with changes taking place - subject to market feedback - beginning April 6.

To provide feedback on this assessment, or if you would like to provide price information by becoming a data submitter to this price assessment, please contact Paul Lim and Miranda Song by email at Please add the subject heading ‘FAO: Paul Lim/Miranda Song, re: China export plate price assessment.’

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