Imports of finished steel saw a rise of 3.5 per cent in 2017-18 to 7.48 million tonne (MT) and overall inbound shipment was stable, Rajya Sabha was informed today.
India imported 7.23 MT of finished steel in 2016-17.
"The imports of steel for the past two years -- 2016-17 and 2017-18 -- have been stable and there was a marginal increase of 3.5 per cent in finished steel imports in 2017-18 over 2016-17 levels," Minister of State for Steel Vishnu Deo Sai told the House in a written reply.
He said the production of finished steel in the previous financial year stood at 92.35 MT as against 86.47 MT in 2016-17.
Of the 7.48 MT of finished steel imported in 2017-18, 1.84 MT was alloy and stainless steel while 5.63 MT was non alloy, the minister added.
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