Before we head into the weekend, let’s take a look back at the week that was and some of the stories here on MetalMiner:
- March has been a turbulent month in the world of commodities — MetalMiner’s Irene Martinez Canorea looked back at the month that was.
- Volkswagen had its own Dieselgate scandal, and now BMW is in hot water for its own emissions rigging issues, MetalMiner’s Stuart Burns explained.
- Earlier this week, the U.S. and South Korea announced an agreement in principle regarding tweaks to the two countries’ free trade agreement, in addition to exemptions for the latter vis-a-vis the recently announced Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum (including a 70% quota).
- An effort to curb pollution by cargo ships will likely lead to rising shipping costs, Burns wrote earlier this week.
- The U.S.’s recently announced tariffs are part of a bigger play in the game of global trade relationships, Burns writes.
- Burns looked into rising Shanghai Futures Exchange stocks, on the heels the winter’s environmental crackdown on smelter production by Beijing.
- A new African free trade agreement could increase and harmonize trade among African nations.
- U.S. imports of steel through the first two months of the year are down 5.3% year over year, according to an American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) report this week.
- According to a World Steel Association report, global crude steel production in February was up 3.5% year over year.