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China Jan-Sept steel exports down 20%, imports up 72%


China exported a total of 40.4 million tonnes of finished steel products over January-September, down more steeply by 19.6% on year than the 18.6% on-year reduction for the first eight months, while its steel imports surged faster by 72.2% on year to 15.1 million tonnes, according to the latest release by China’s General Administration of Customs on October 13.
The steeper declines in exports while sharper growths in the first nine months were partly due to the fact that the country’s steel imports hit the highest in the publicly-available Customs data, hitting 2.89 million tonnes, up 159% on year and exceeding the previous high of 2.6 million tonnes in


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