Steel exports surge in November hinh anh 1Rolled steel produced by Hoa Sen Group.(Photo

Hanoi (VNA) Steel exports in November surged 21.52 percent month on month and 40 percent  year on year, reaching more than 478,300 tonnes, reported the Vietnam Steel Association (VSA).

The same month, steel production of all kinds reached more than 2.4 million tonnes, a month-on-month increase of 4.34 percent, and year-on-year increase of 15.6 percent.

Sales of steel also reached a record of more than 2.4 million tonnes, a sharp increase of nearly 36.9 per cent compared to October, and up 20.9 percent over the same period last year.

However, steel production, sales and exports were still almost flat in the 11-month period.

Specifically, the production of steel in the period increased only 1 percent over the same period last year, reaching more than 23.3 million tonnes, while sales decreased by nearly 1 percent to more than 21 million tonnes. Meanwhile, exports fell 2.8 percent over the same period in 2019 to over 4.1 million tonnes.

The economy in November continued to recover in new normal conditions, while production, business, trade and consumption continued as a growth factor for the steel market, according to the VSA.

Price of raw materials for steel production such as iron ore and scrap steel has soared in the past three years and set a new price mark in November, which affected prices in Vietnam.

Along with that, trade tensions between countries, the trend of increasing trade protectionism and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic have made steel prices increase, the VSA said.

Domestic steel price is currently at an average of about 12,000 VND-12,500 VND (around 0.5 USD) per kilogramme at the beginning of this month, depending on the type of product and enterprises.

Price of construction steel currently sold on the market is around 15,000 VND per kilogramme, an increase of about 2,000 VND per kilogramme compared to last month./.