Ukraine continues to increase flats, longs exports

Ukraine increased flat-rolled exports in June compared with the previous month, according to national customs data.

Total volume delivered amounted to 122,930 tonnes, up by 5% on-month and 2.8 times more than in June 2022, Kallanish notes. In monetary terms, flat product exports increased 5.9% on-month and 2.2 times on-year to $94.23 million.

In January-June, Ukraine exported 422,500t, down by 68% on-year. The value of the flat product exports amounted to $308m, lower by 72.4%.

In the first six months of the year, Ukraine exported uncoated hot rolled coil in the amount of 312,300t for $219m. In June alone, it shipped 89,100t, down by 5.3% on-month, at a value at $65.4m, a decrease of 6.4%. It shipped 89,600t of cold rolled coil last month, up by 24% on-month. Income was at $62m, up 18.5%.

The largest consumers of Ukrainian HRC in January-June were Poland with a 33.4% share, Bulgaria with 14% and Portugal with 10.4%. Those three countries together also consumed about 60% of CRC. The main buyers of Ukrainian coated rolled products were Poland (65.4%) and Romania (27.4%).

June long-rolled metal exports increased by 5.6% on-month and 28.1% on-year to 61,060t. Revenue from exports was lower by 1.5% on-month and 29% on-year to $40.5m. In January-June, Ukraine exported 253,400t, down by 40% on-year. Revenue amounted to $208.2m, down 48.7%.

Six-month exports of hot-rolled bars and bars in coil were up 15% on-month to 119,200t for $78.2m. In June alone, 24,600t were shipped, an increase of 7.6% on-month, but lower by 7.7% on-year. Revenue was $15m, down 2% on-month and 40.3% on-year.

The largest consumers of Ukrainian hot-rolled bars in January-June were Poland with a 40% share and Germany with 21.2%.

Earlier, ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih (AMKR) said it soon will resume operation of individual rolling mills, after it has a normal water supply following the destruction at Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant (HEPP) and dam (see Kallanish passim).

AMKR was forced to suspend crude and rolled steel production in June.

Metinvest, Interpipe and Centravis said previously they are operating normally despite the destruction of the dam (see Kallanish passim).

In 2022, Zaporizhstal launched the production of eight new types of CRC and HRC, which were previously produced at Metinvest’s Mariupol enterprises.

Ukraine’s crude steel output in June amounted to 463,000t, up by 48.6% on-year.

Svetoslav Abrossimov Bulgaria