Update on China’s export of steel structure

Posted on 30 September 2017
 

Source: SEAISI
China’s export volume of steel structure continued to increase, albeit slightly, amidst the decline in its steel export. Export of structures and parts of structures (HS code: 7308) registered an increase of 1.2% y-o-y to 4 million tonnes in the first seven months of 2017.  Major destinations for the export were the United States, South Korea and Japan. The volume of export to these countries were above 400,000 tonnes each for the first seven months in 2017. The export to ASEAN-6 totaled 526,626 tonnes in the same period, which represented a drop of 7.9% y-o-y.
 
Export of steel structure to Malaysia registered the highest volume among ASEAN-6, at 135,679 tonnes, a slight increase of 1.7% y-o-y in the first seven months of 2017, followed by the export to Indonesia, at 106,189 tonnes, a sharp drop of 29.7% y-o-y. 
 
Export to Philippines surged substantially, by 48.6% y-o-y to 102,314 tonnes in the first seven months of 2017. Export to Vietnam registered 68,725 tonnes, a decline of 8.2% y-o-y in the same period. Export to Thailand showed a moderate increase of 6.7% y-o-y to 66,300 tonnes. 
 
The bulk of China’s export of ‘steel structure’ fell under HS code 730890 for ‘other steel structure’, at 3.15 million tonnes, which accounted for a total of 77% of total steel structure export. Major destinations were South Korea, the United States and Japan. Export to ASEAN-6 registered 418,938 tonnes, a decline of 10.6% y-o-y in the first seven months of 2017. 
 
Export to Malaysia was highest among the countries in the region, at 103,707 tonnes, a drop of 9.2% y-o-y, followed by the export to Indonesia, at 98,255 tonnes, a steep decline of 30.6% y-o-y. On the other hand, export to Philippines surged significantly, from 45,668 tonnes in the first seven months of 2016 to 75,108 tonnes in the same period of 2017. Export to Thailand also increased by a double digit growth rate of 20% y-o-y to 47,726 tonnes in the same period. Meanwhile, export to Singapore and Vietnam declined significantly, by 39.7% y-o-y and 13.3% y-o-y respectively in the first seven months of 2017. 
 
China’s export of bridges and bridge-sections (HS code: 730810) to the world was not significant, at 55,687 tonnes in the first seven months of 2017. Export to ASEAN-6 registered only 4,000 tonnes in the same period. 
 
China’s export of towers and lattice masts (HS code: 730820) registered 247,664 tonnes from January to July 2017, an increase of 7.2% y-o-y. Major destinations were Egypt and Pakistan, with volume of above 40,000 tonnes for each country. Export to ASEAN-6 totaled 21,000 tonnes, half of this was the export to Philippines, which increased significantly, by 21.5% y-o-y. 
 
China’s export of doors, windows and their frames and thresholds for doors (HS code: 730830) registered 194,290 tonnes, an increase of 8.6% y-o-y in the first seven months of 2017. Major destinations were Russia, the United States, Nigeria and Hong Kong. Export to ASEAN-6 rose 17% y-o-y to 10,319 tonnes in the first seven months of 2017. 
 

Export of equipment for scaffolding, shuttering, propping or pit-propping (Hs code: 730840) from China registered 410,606 tonnes, in the first seven months of 2017, a decline of 5% y-o-y. Major destinations were the United States, Australia and Japan. Export to ASEAN-6 totaled 73,357 tonnes, a moderate decrease of 3.9% y-o-y in the same period. Export to Malaysia almost doubled in volume to 24,380 tonnes in the first seven months of 2017, followed by the export to Thailand, at 15,263 tonnes, a significant decline of 26.3% y-o-y. Export to Philippines increased moderately, by 8% y-o-y, to 12,776 tonnes in the same period. 



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