Ukrainian enterprises increased the consumption of metal by 3.26% in January-May of this year compared to the same period last year, to 1.66 million tonnes.
According to an Ukrmetallurgprom association press release published on Friday, 434,700 tonnes, or 26.2% of the domestic metal consumption market, were imported in the first five months of the year.
“In January-May 2020, 1.66 million tonnes of rolled metal were delivered to domestic consumers, of which 434,700 tonnes, or 26.2%, were imported. For five months of 2020, there was an increase in the consumption of rolled metal in the domestic market compared to January-May 2019 by 3.26% with a simultaneous decrease in the share of the imported component by 7.6%,” the association said in the press release.
According to Ukrmetallurgprom, in January-May 2020, Ukrainian metal enterprises produced 7.43 million tonnes of rolled metal (93.8% compared to the same period in 2019), of which about 6.21 million tonnes or 83.5% were exported, according to information from ETR-Spectrum LLC.
The share of semi-finished products of export deliveries in January-May 2020 accounted for 49.74%, which exceeds the indicator for the period January-May 2019 (45.38%). The share of flat products of export deliveries in the first five months of 2020 is slightly lower than in the same period in 2019 (32.05% and 34.00%, respectively). The same picture is observed with regard to long products – 18.21% in January-May 2020 compared with 20.62% for the same period in 2019.
The main export markets for Ukrainian metal products in January-May 2020, according to ETR-Spectrum LLC, were the countries of the European Union (31.1%), Africa (14.8%) and other European countries (14.1%).
Among the metallurgical importers in January-May, the CIS was at the first place (39.1%), the EU-28 was the second (26.1%), and the Asian countries third (18.0%).