EU buyers’ HDG imports from Turkey still strong despite quotas, AD probe

EU buyers’ hot-dip galvanized coil imports from Turkey remained strong year-on year in October, showed the latest data from the Turkish Statistical Institute (TUIK). This was despite the pressure from EU quotas and ongoing AD probe on imports of HDG from Turkey.

The probe, however, has begun to raise some concerns among European buyers in recent weeks and has limited Turkish mills’ export volumes to the EU region notably, industry sources told S&P Global Platts. Pre-disclosure of the AD probe is expected on Dec. 24, while provisional measures, if any, will be imposed by the EC until Jan. 24, 2022.

Definitive measures could be announced on July 20, 2022, Platts learned from an European Commission document sent to Platts by a Turkish industry source.

According to the TUIK data, Turkish mills exported 263,900 mt of coated coil, most of them hot-dip galvanized coil, to global markets in widths of 600 mm and above in October, double year on year on base effect. This export figure was also 11,000 mt higher on the month.

EU countries remained Turkey’s top coated coil export destinations by far in that month, despite the dumping investigation that was opened in June and the quotas.

Spain became Turkey’s main coated coil buyer in October with 79,800 mt, 50,000 mt higher on the year, while Belgium imported 32,700 mt, around eightfold higher on the year.

Italy imported 24,100 mt of coated coil from Turkey over this period, more than double on the year, while the US was Turkey’s other main coated coil buyer with 23,400 mt, compared to 1,000 mt imported in October 2020.

Turkish mills’ other coated coil export destinations in October 2021 were: Bulgaria (14,500 mt), Greece (11,800 mt) and Romania (11,200 mt).

— Cenk Can