ALIBABA GROUP (CIS) paves direct access to producers of Round Steel Billets in EU/CIS and neighboring countries if they ship through EU/CIS. Steel Billet is not a finished steel product nor a raw steel in pure form -- but it’s a freshly made steel in form of a metal bar, particularly round bar (or else square or rectangular). Steel Billets are considered fresh and raw, they must undergo a series of manufacturing processes to be transformed into more functional shapes and sizes to be used for various ultimate purposes. It is intermediate or semi-finished Steel and as such it is only being purchased and used by steel factories for further treatment in course of manufacturing finished products from it. Such as seamless pipes, boiler pipes, axles, rolls, pinions, bolts, etc. Thus official sale and export policy for Steel Billets admits only steel factories as customers and prohibits selling to non-specialized intermediaries or for trading/stocking purposes.
Round Steel Billets are distinguished of 2 types, by making technology:
-- Hot-Rolled Round Billets, variable diameters from 120mm and up to 300mm; length also varies within 3-12m; regulated domestically by DSTU 3-009-2000 and OST 14 21-77;
-- Continuously-Cast Round Billets, fixed diameters 150mm, 170mm, 200-230mm, 250mm, 300mm, 400mm; length within 6-12m; regulated domestically by GOST R 53932-2010 and Specification #1061-0/CC-2010.
These Billets are rarely delivered in 20ft/40ft containers but commonly as bulk cargos in bundles per 5mt suitable for most bulk carriers (bulk cargo vessels). That’s why minimal order quantity is 5,000mt. Once again, the above freshly made Round Billets are not technologically finished Round Bars as per GOST 2590-88 for example, ranging from 5mm to 270mm in diameter and from 2m to 24m in length at customers’ discretion. The latter is finished product and can be ordered starting from 1,000mt in trading. Whereas the former is literally raw material and, as such, is sold in commercial bulk quantities starting from 5,000mt to qualify both for minimal single and minimal part vessel transportations on its way to re-processing.
Please note, any original production of Round Steel Billets is factory approvable but not publicly accessible process. True inquiry for particular production/offer/price has to show authentic information: 1) who (what company) is buyer/importer/consignee; 2) where (what bank) his payment is to come from; 3) how (in copies of docs) he bought/imported/consumed Steel Billets last time, to prove 1) and 2).
Business Consultant Mr Eason Chen