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Export levy likely to push steel companies to review expansion plans

Major private sector steel producers said that the capacity expansion plans were based on assumptions in the sales mix - between domestic and export markets - which has now gone haywire

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Jindal Steel & Power (JSPL) managing director V R Sharma said that it would discourage new investments.

Ishita Ayan Dutt Kolkata
The export levy imposed on steel by the government on Saturday may prompt steel companies to review massive capacity expansion plans.

Major private sector steel producers said that the capacity expansion plans were based on assumptions in the sales mix – between domestic and export markets – which has now gone haywire.

Seshagiri Rao, joint managing director and group chief financial officer, JSW Steel, said: “If exports of 18 million tonnes (mt) become uncompetitive and the domestic market cannot absorb those additional quantities, the industry has to shut down capacities.”

“Hence a serious review of expansion plans by each company in the industry

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First Published: May 23 2022 | 6:02 AM IST

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