Arab Steel reported that Arab imports of the Turkish iron and steel products amounted to more than 1.972 million tonnes.
Arab Steel reported that Arab imports of the Turkish iron and steel products amounted to more than 1.972 million tonnes during March and February 2009 compared to 1.441 million tonnes during the same period in 2008, with an increase of 36.8%. The report said that Egypt ranked first among the Arab countries importing from Turkey with a total quantity of 687413 tonnes within two months compared to 12860 tonnes in the same period in 2008 of which 610680 tonnes are rebars. The United Arab Emirates retreated to the second rank as its imports in the same period of 2009 amounted to 246485 tonnes compared to 936680 tonnes at the beginning of October 2008. The decline amounted to 73.69%.
The imported finished products amounted to 1.7 million tonnes of which 1.532 million tonnes are rebars, 112.600 tonnes sections, 47.700 tonnes wire rods and 8080 tonnes of hot rolled coils, while the imports of the same period in 2008 of the finished products amounted to 1.175 million tonnes with an increase of 44.62% of finished products. The rest of imports were distributed over the other products. The billets imports amounted to 130835 tonnes, pipes 127557 tonnes, coated sheets 11915 tonnes and cold rolled sheets 1660 tonnes.