the new round of US sanctions against Iran is being felt across the entire spectrum of Iran's economic sector. One such sector is the strategic steel industry, which is currently dealing with the threat of losing its export markets a crucial avenue through which Iran's aggressive expansion plans are being pursued.
According to Deputy Minister of Industries, Mining and Tracade, and Chairman of Board of Iranian Mines & Mining Industries Development & Renovation Khodadad Gharibpour, Iranian steel industry is an export-oriented on in that the country exports more than 40% of its steel productions.
Iran aims to become the world’s sixth largest steel producer as per the 20-Year Vision Plan, which targets annual production capacity expansion to 55 million tons and 20-25 million tons of exports per year by 2025. Iranian steel mills have so far realized just over 30 million tons of the capacity target.