Steel Prices in China , 2017, 2016, 2015, Monthly, Chinese Dealer Prices


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Note: MEPS’ published Chinese Dealer Prices provide a meaningful comparison between local steel selling figures in China and domestic mill prices in the rest of the world. These present the closest comparable figures to mill selling prices offered to major steel distributors/traders in western countries.
The Chinese selling mechanism for steel is quite different to that pertaining in most other parts of the world. The domestic steel distribution system in China can be broken down into two categories - supply to the major state owned utilities/corporations and supply to rest of the market.

The vast majority of steel supplied to the Chinese domestic and export markets passes through major distributors/dealers. First Tier Dealers, in China, sell to large manufacturing companies. They also supply Second Tier and Tertiary Dealers with material for subsequent resale, with or without further processing. Material is then subsequently sold into local markets through minor dealers. The supply chain can be extensive.

Agreements for steel supply to the major state - owned utilities/corporations, in China, are often based on a transfer pricing system at notional figures.

Products supplied to most customers are channelled, initially, through First Tier Dealers. These are major corporations which act as primary distributors and processors. They sell significant tonnages of steel products to large manufacturing companies and also a wide range of second tier traders. It is at this point that MEPS assesses the data to produce its CHINESE DEALER PRICES for steel products sold in the domestic market.

Ex-mill steel prices in China are also available in MEPS International Steel Review

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