Nepal becomes biggest buyer of Indian steel

Kathmandu, April 15

The Indian government has said that Nepal is now the biggest overseas market for Indian steel.

Between April 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019,  13.2 per cent of the total steel exports from India was to Nepal, according to the Indian Ministry of Steel as reported in Indian media.

Italy, which was on the top of the list till the previous year, turned second with a 13.1 per cent market share, followed by Vietnam with 11.1 per cent, UAE with 10.9 per cent and Belgium with 9.7 per cent.

India’s steel exports are fragmented, with 42.2 per cent of total shipments going to other unidentified countries, the report informs.

Meanwhile, a recent overview published by the Ministry informs that India has turned a net importer, importing more steel than the amount it exported. It was a net exporter of total finished steel in 2016-17 and 2017-18.

India became the second largest producer of crude steel in 2018, from its third largest status in 2017. The country is also the largest producer of sponge iron or DRI in the world and the third largest finished steel consumer in the world after China and USA.

Published on April 15th, Monday, 2019 2:09 PM

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