China scrapped anti-dumping tariffs on cold-rolled steel from countries including Russia, South Korea and Taiwan to help prevent a shortage of the product, used to make cars and appliances, and rein in inflation.
\nA survey of China's steel market, started in May, showed that the country faces a shortage of the steel, prompting the government to scrap tariffs that were imposed in January, the commerce ministry said in a statement. The tariffs were also withdrawn on cold-rolled steel from Ukraine and Kazakhstan.
\n"There have been some changes in the international and domestic steel markets, and China is facing periodic shortages of cold-rolled steel,'' the commerce ministry's statement said.
\nThis is the first time China has scrapped tariffs because of changes in market conditions, it said.
\nChina's government is trying to slow an expansion in industrial output, which has raised prices for steel and other raw materials, boosting inflation to a seven-year high of 5.3 percent in July. China's industrial production growth picked up last month for the first time in six months, growing 15.9 percent, compared with 15.5 percent in July.
\n"Economic growth in the US has caused international steel prices to rise and that's leading to price pressure in China, which the government is trying to control,'' said Lu Yizhen, head of research at Efund Management Co in Guangzhou.
\nPrices for cold-rolled steel delivered to China have risen 13 percent over the past month to US$618, according to Metal Bulletin prices.
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