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Ministry of Steel29-November, 2012 16:06 IST
Consumption and Production of Steel
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

The Minister of Steel, Shri Beni Prasad Verma has said that Iron and steel is a deregulated sector and decision regarding setting up of iron ore processing industries is  taken by  individual investors and the Government has no direct role in it. However, the Government is encouraging domestic utilization of iron ore fines through beneficiation and pelletisation of iron ore.  For encouraging beneficiation and pelletization of iron ore in the country, the following fiscal measures have been taken:

 

(i)      Basic Customs Duty on import of plants/ equipments used in initial set up and expansion of iron ore pellet plants and iron ore beneficiation plants has been reduced to 2.5% from 7.5%.

 

(ii)     Export duty on iron ore pellets has been withdrawn.

 

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today Shri Verma said, the production of iron ore during the year 2011-12 was 169.66 million tonnes (provisional) as against the total estimated consumption of about 116.3 million tonnes of iron ore by the domestic iron and steel industry. Therefore, although the present production of iron ore in India is in excess of the total estimated domestic consumption by the iron and steel industry, the Ministry of Steel is of the view that export of iron ore needs to be discouraged for long term requirement of domestic iron and steel industry.

 

          The Minister said, the Government has decided that though conservation of iron ore resources of the country is of paramount importance, the same may not be achieved by banning or capping the export of iron ore but by taking recourse to appropriate fiscal measures. The Ministry of Steel has been taking up matter regularly with Department of Revenue for levying an appropriate export duty on iron ore to discourage its export. To improve availability of iron ore to domestic iron and steel industry at affordable price, the Government has increased the export duty on iron ore from 20% ad valorem to 30% ad valorem on all grades of iron ore (except pellets) with effect from 30.12.2011.

 

The data of steel consumption in the country in the last three years is as under:

  

Period

Consumption of Finished Steel

  (in million tonnes)

2009-10

59.34

2010-11

66.42

2011-12*

70.92

          Source: JPC; * provisional

 

The data of steel production in the country in the last three years is as under:

 

Period

Crude Steel Production (mt)

2009-10

65.84

2010-11

70.67

2011-12*

73.79

          Source: JPC; * provisional

 

          The amount of iron ore exported during the last three years is as under:

 

Year

Export  (in million tonnes)

2009-10

117.37

2010-11

97.66

2011-12*

61.80

Source: MMTC, Department of Commerce; * provisional

 

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NSK/DB

 


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