Vietnamese steel exports to Malaysia increased by more than 600%

Vietnamese steel exports to Malaysia increased by more than 600%

Steel NewsDate: 20-03-2024 by: Ngoc Cam

According to the Vietnam Customs Department, iron and steel export output in the first 2 months of 2024 reached 1.5 billion USD, an increase of 19% in volume and 13% in value compared to the same period in 2023. In particular, Italy, the US and Malaysia were the top 3 import markets for Vietnamese steel in January 2024.

In February 2024, the average export steel price reached 713 USD/ton, up 0.6% compared to the previous month. ASEAN continues to be Vietnam's largest steel export market, accounting for 32% of the market share. The EU and the US followed closely with 28% and 9% respectively.

Notably, in January 2024, Vietnamese steel export volume to Italy, the US and Malaysia saw significant growth. Specifically, Vietnam exported 203,000 tons of iron and steel to Italy, an increase of 114% over the same period last year, while exports to the US reached 139,000 tons, an increase of 419%. In particular, iron and steel exports to the Malaysian market increased sharply in volume, reaching 120 thousand tons in the first month of the year, a 625% increase compared to January 2023.

The reason why Malaysia boosts imports of Vietnamese iron and steel is because of the demand for steel, especially construction steel for domestic construction and infrastructure projects. According to the Southeast Asia Iron and Steel Institute (SEAISI), construction activities in the region gradually stabilize and develop, which will drive steel consumption in ASEAN countries. ASEAN's steel demand is expected to increase sharply in the next two years as construction activity recovers.

Malaysia is one of Vietnamese 10 largest trading partners. Bilateral trade turnover has increased steadily over the years, with 2022 reaching nearly 14.8 billion USD. The two sides strive to achieve the goal of bringing bilateral trade turnover to 18 billion USD by 2025. Vietnam and Malaysia are members of new-generation trade agreements such as the Global Economic Partnership Agreement. Regional Partnership (RCEP), Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), ASEAN Trade in Goods Agreement (ATIGA) and ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA. Thanks to the support and facilitation from the governments of both countries, steel exports to Malaysia will have many positive highlights in the future.

Furthermore, world steel demand is expected to grow strongly in 2024, reaching 1.8 billion tons, up 2% over the previous year. Therefore, Vietnam's steel production faces many opportunities and development in 2024, with an estimated growth of around 10%.

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