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European Union imported 1.52 million tons of Russian iron and steel products in January-April — News — GMK Center

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In January-April 2024, the European Union reduced imports of mining and metals products from Russia by 20.4% compared to the same period in 2023, to 1.52 million tons. This is evidenced by Eurostat data.

The cost of imports of Russian mining and metals products during this period decreased by 16.3% compared to January-April 2023 to €801.15 million.

Semi-finished products accounted for the bulk of imports – 79.3% of total imports. Over 4 months, the EU imported 1.2 million tons of the respective products from Russia, which is 3.8% less than in the previous year. Belgium accounted for the bulk of semi-finished products imports – 482.8 thousand tons (+7.1% y/y).

Iron ore supplies from Russia to the EU amounted to 9.36 kt, down 96.7% y/y. The entire volume of raw materials was shipped to Slovakia (-93% y/y). Imports of ferroalloys amounted to 28.41 thousand tons (+70.3% y/y), pig iron – 269.18 thousand tons (-23.4% y/y), and scrap – 7.96 thousand tons (-4.8% y/y).

In January-April, the main consumers of these Russian iron and steel products were

  • pig iron – Italy – 167.7 thousand tons (-42% y/y);
  • ferroalloys – the Netherlands – 20.8 thousand tons (+106.5% y/y);
  • scrap – Lithuania – 7.1 thousand tons (+0.7% y/y).

In April 2023, the EU reduced imports of iron and steel products from the Russian Federation by 23.8% m/m and by 16.4% y/y – to 407.04 thousand tons. Import costs fell by 25.3% m/m and 17.1% y/y – to €217.7 million.

Despite the sanctions imposed on Russia, the Russian mining and metallurgical complex continues to make significant profits from exporting products to the European Union. Although the figures have significantly decreased compared to 2023, deliveries are still high.

In 2023, the EU reduced its imports of iron and steel products from Russia by 39.5% compared to 2022, to 4.8 million tons. Import costs decreased by 38.5% y/y – to €2.4 billion. Semi-finished products accounted for the bulk of imports, accounting for 69.4% of total supplies.

As GMK Center reported earlier, in the 12th package, the EU extended quotas on Russian slabs for another four years. The total quota for imports of this product from October 2024 to September 2028 is set at 8.5 million tons with a more detailed breakdown by period. The previous sanctions on slab imports were imposed in October 2022, as part of the 8th sanctions package. At that time, it was decided that it could last until the end of September 2024 within the established quotas, and that imports would cease on October 1, 2024. However, the 12th sanctions package actually eased the previously imposed restrictions.

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