China steel industry:  new demands

China steel industry: new demands

China steel body calls for iron ore output boost

June 2020

China's steel association and major steelmakers have called for an increase in domestic iron ore production as well as greater investment in exploration overseas to ensure supplies.

He Wenbo, chairman of the China Iron & Steel Industry Association (CISA), recommended at the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Beijing that China should set a “national strategic goal” of keeping its domestic iron ore output at more than 20 per cent of total demand.

China is the world’s top iron ore consumer, with its demand set to hit 1.225 billion tonnes in 2020, according to a government think tank. But it has a heavy reliance on imports, having shipped in 1 billion tonnes of ore in 2019.

He, a delegate at this year’s CPPCC, proposed that revenue from a value-added tax levied on iron ore imports be channelled into a national iron ore development support fund to strengthen investment in domestic mines. These tax revenues amount to around 90 billion yuan ($12.61 billion) annually.

He suggested that steel firms investing in new mines or expanding production at existing deposits should be exempted from income tax.

“(We should) continue to actively promote joint investment and cooperation with mainstream miners while also focusing on undeveloped resources in Africa and Canada,” He said.

The CISA chairman also urged increased collection and utilisation of steel scrap, a more environmentally friendly alternative to iron ore in steel making.


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