Arab union considers protecting steel industry

Updated 05 December 2014

Arab union considers protecting steel industry

The Arab Iron and Steel Union board of directors met in Dubai recently, in the presence of its members representing the iron and steel industry in Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, Qatar, Jordan, Algeria and Bahrain.
The participants discussed several subjects on top of which is the unjustified sudden increase in imports to the Arab region, whether from reinforced steel or flat steel products, in very low prices, causing severe damages to the national industry in the concerned Arab countries.
They warned of the destructive effect, particularly of the Chinese imports entering the region in prices much less than the international and local prices, thus threatening the Arab companies whose local markets are exposed to severe dumping, affecting its production volume and profits as well, which in turn damages the large investments in current and future steel industry projects.
The huge production surplus in China instigated several countries, including Canada and America, to impose dumping fees of around 110 percent. While Turkey increased its customs fees on reinforced steel from 15-30 percent to 30-40 percent, some European countries also imposed 13-45 percent customs protection fees on the Chinese flats steel products.
Since the Chinese production of reinforced steel and flat steel sweeps global markets, the Arab Iron and Steel Union warned the Arab governments that the lack of influential customs protection in most of the region’s countries will lead to escalation of the problem.
The union also called on the governments to review the customs fees on imports, and raise it to the level that could stave off the threat of cheap imports, and to put into effect the measures that would ensure compliance of imported iron with the standard specifications that guarantee quality product along the lines of the local product.


Spain’s international tourist arrivals drop 98% in June

Updated 03 August 2020

Spain’s international tourist arrivals drop 98% in June

  • Over the first six months of the year some 10.8 million foreign tourists visited Spain

MADRID: International tourist arrivals to Spain fell 98% year on year in June, official statistics released on Monday showed, as the country continues to reel from the effects of the global coronavirus pandemic.
Over the first six months of the year some 10.8 million foreign tourists visited Spain, around 72 percent less than in the same period of 2019, the National Statistics Institute said.