PRICING NOTICE: Further extension of consultation on proposed amendments to Southeast Asia steel billet price

Following extensive market engagement, Fastmarkets is again extending the consultation period for amendments to the specification of its daily price for steel billet, import, cfr Southeast Asia to provide additional time for market participants to submit feedback.

After market feedback, Fastmarkets is extending the consultation period for its proposal to amend the MB-STE-0141-steel billet import, cfr Southeast Asia, $ per tonne price.

The Philippines is the largest steel billet importing nation in Southeast Asia and has increased its importance within the region due to Indonesia increasingly raising its purchases of domestic blast furnace (BF) billet and its reliance on Iran-origin material.

Fastmarkets’ daily price assessment for steel billet, import, cfr Southeast Asia excludes prices for Iran-origin billet from its assessment due to the steep price discount between Iran-origin material and BF billet from other popular origins such as Vietnam, India and Russia.

The proposed amendments concern:

  1. Changing the price name so that the assessment is on a cfr Manila basis rather than a cfr Southeast Asia basis.
  2. Changing the quality of material assessed to a high manganese modified 5sp, with manganese content of 0.8-1%.

The proposed new specifications are as follows:
MB-STE-0141 Steel billet import, cfr Manila, $/tonne
Quality: 120x120mm to 150x150mm, length 12m, modified 5sp, manganese content of 0.8-1%
Quantity: 5,000-50,000 tonnes
Location: cfr Manila (other Southeast Asian ports to be normalized)
Timing: 6-10 weeks
Unit: US dollar/tonne
Payment terms: Letter of credit
Publication: Daily, 5-6pm Singapore time

The original consultation on the proposed amendments started on December 30 and was originally scheduled to end on February 1.

The consultation was then extended and was scheduled to end on March 1.

The extended consultation period for this proposed amendment starts on March 2 and will end on April 2. The amendment will then take place, subject to market feedback, on Monday April 5.

To provide feedback on the proposed amendments to the specification, or if you would like to provide price information by becoming a data submitter to Fastmarkets’ steel billet pricing, please contact Lee Allen by email at: Please add the subject heading “FAO: Lee Allen, re: Southeast Asia steel billet price.”

To see all of Fastmarkets’ pricing methodology and specification documents, go to: