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Steel Imports

Volume 958: debated on Monday 20 November 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry what was the degree of import penetration of the United Kingdom market in respect of tool steel, high speed steels, and stainless steel bar in each of the years 1974, 1976, 1977 and 1978, to 30th September (a) by volume, (b) by value, and (c) as a percentage of the United Kingdom market, showing the main exporting countries to the United Kindom.

The information is given below. The estimates of import penetration are based only on volume figures because figures of the value of home deliveries are not available.

IMPORT PENETRATION OF UNITED KINGDOM MARKET BY MAIN EXPORTING COUNTRIES TO UNITED KINGDOM
197419761977

1978 (January-September)

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Alloy tool, die and magnet steel—
France7,5101,15714·865,1541,22814–5811,2362,48623·099,6102,84222·93
Netherlands6901821·36141650·408582171·762,2866285·46
Federal Republic Germany5,7421,38811·372,4201,0526·854,5452,5939·346,5543,19715·64
Italy9953171·972,0004515·663,9081,0828·032,3327095·56
Sweden8,9082,26317·634,8032,13813·605,3482,11610·991,7189414·10
Finland5,74095711·375,9101,58516·723,5261,1627·253,4561,2728·25
Austria1,1426702·261,1891,1233·362,2262,5814–575174451·23
Japan84340·171,2135563·431,9097873·926282881·50
USA4,2801,1388·471882340·532092440·433354810·80
Brazil1,2452492·97
All countries36,7278,52372·6923,8028,68567·3535,52513,86573·0129,89511,51871·34

High speed steel bar and rod
(including wire rod)—
France3415272·862524862·317181,6246·183601,0304·23
Federal Republic of Germany1862731·56521080·484338213·731894922·22
Sweden2,8753,49824·092,4914,39422·802,2574,59019·442,0974,15124·65
Austria1,3341,70811·183828503·504161,1093·584091,3964·81
All countries5,0876,60942·633,4196,36531·304,2518,70136·613,1907,31337·49
Stainless steel bars—
France1,5789404·578531,1823·861,1891,8924·371,3412,1335·72
Federal Republic of Germany1,6831,1824·882,1271,8239·623,0112,75111·052,1872,3099·33
Italy2891650·844704022·132,5022,6999·182,7362,73111 · 67
Austria4122971·194534782·057499892·756107942·60
Spain1,4978784·341,2451,0675·632,2512,1458·261,2871,2065·49
All countries8,2795,52024 · 007,9557,60235 · 9812,20113,54844·789,67011,07941 25
In order to provide comparability as between the trade statistics of Customs & Excise and the delivery figures from 1SSB the three product categories covered are as follows:—
(a) Alloy tool, die and magnet steel excludes carbon tool steel.
(b) High speed steel includes high speed wire rod.
(c) In addition to stainless steel bar this steel category includes valve steel and tube rounds.

Sources: Iron & Steel Statistical Bureau, H. M. Customs & Excise.