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January 2019 | Steel Scrap and Metallics Forecaster


Brazil MPI exports failed to exceed the 2mt-mark last year: South America Market Analysis


Back in April last year, market participants claimed pig iron exports from Brazil could exceed 3 million tonnes for 2018.

Export volumes of merchant pig iron (MPI) from Brazil dropped by 16% in 2018 to 1.91 million tonnes. This was the lowest volume in the past 10 years, as the first chart alongside illustrates: 2018 saw the volumes drop below 2 million tonnes for the first time in the post-crisis period after pig iron exports out of Brazil halved in 2009. The decline came despite MPI production capacity coming back on stream across the country, in both the south and north, last...

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