The frequency of the assessments, which were previously weekly, have now moved to a twice-weekly basis as of September 28. The market shall now be priced each Tuesday and Friday, notwithstanding changes to pricing schedules due to holidays.

The change would have been due to take place on Tuesday September 21, as per the last pricing notice on this subject, but no cfr China steel prices were published on September 21 due to a public holiday in China.

Modifying the frequency of this price is based on higher demand from subscribers for the price, as well as to a rise in volumes imported to China over recent months due to government-led steel output cuts at many of the country’s steel mills.

Following the amendment, the full specifications are:

MB-STE-0890: Steel billet, import, cfr China, $/tonne
Quality: 120x120mm to 150x150mm, length 12m, 3sp grade
Quantity: 5,000-50,000 tonnes
Origin: All origins excluding Iran
Location: cfr eastern China ports (normalized for other mainland Chinese sea ports)
Timing: 4-8 weeks
Unit: $ per tonne
Payment terms: Letter of credit on sight
Publication: Weekly, Tuesday and Friday, 5pm-6pm Shanghai time

To provide feedback on this price assessment, or if you would like to provide price information by becoming a data submitter to this price, please contact Lee Allen by email at: pricing@fastmarkets.com. Please add the subject heading ‘FAO: Lee Allen re: China steel billet price.’

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