Construction material prices increase

With local construction contractors recovering after the heavy impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the increased prices of building materials and the labor costs have a significant effect on their performance.
Construction material prices increase ảnh 1 Prices of building materials and interior decoration have all increased. (Photo: SGGP)
In recent days, steel manufacturers have continued to send notices of higher prices of all types of finished steel to customers.

According to the announcement of Vinasteel Company, from March 5, 2022, it increased the selling price of rebar and coil to VND400,000.

On the same day, Viet Duc Steel Production Joint Stock Company announced the same for its customers in the northern and central markets. 

Hoa Phat Hung Yen Steel Company Limited of Hoa Phat Group, and Tung Ho Vietnam Steel Co. also announced increases to ensure production and business activities. 

According to manufacturers, the price of billet and raw materials has increased, so the enterprises adjusted the selling price of finished steel. The selling price of steel in the market exceeded VND18 million per ton.

Not only steel, but price of many other construction materials such as sand bricks also increases.

In HCMC's market, most building material stores and interior decoration shops have quoted higher prices for materials.

Levelling sand is more than VND200,000 VND per cu.m, building sand VND400,000 - VND450,000 per cu.m, pipe bricks from VND1,200 to VND1,300 per piece, while cement price was more than VND90,000 per bag.

Previously, the seller of materials always shipped to customers, but now due to the high price of gasoline, the store requires buyers pay shipping fees

Interior decoration items also increased. Ceramic tiles, wood imitation plastic panels for the floor, laminate flooring, and water-based paint reported higher prices.

Hoang Minh Tien, owner of a building material store on Ly Thuong Kiet Street in HCMC’s District 10, said last year, the price of building materials and interior decoration all increased, with steel increasing by three to four times.

Tien said the steel price has increased to reach VND20 million per ton and believed their prices could rise in the near future when gasoline prices increase sharply, leading to increased freight rates.

A representative of the Vietnam Association of Building Materials told local media that due to the sharp increase in input costs, especially the skyrocketing price of gasoline, businesses had to increase their selling prices.

Thai Duy Sam, Vice President and General Secretary of the Vietnam Building Materials Association, said: "Even with construction bricks, some manufacturers have just announced plans to increase the selling price by at least VND100 per piece compared to the end of 2021."

The Vietnam Steel Association (VSA) believes that construction iron and steel prices tend to increase because the cost of imported materials is relatively high.

Some experts have said that the Russia-Ukraine conflict could cause a supply shortage and increase steel prices because Russia currently accounts for about 10 percent of the world's steel supply, while Ukraine is about 4 percent.

In this situation, a construction contractor in Thanh Hoa Province said that the business's activities were strongly affected. He said the price of construction materials increased, labor costs also increased, making the construction of new projects difficult.

As most of the new projects signed were estimated from the end of last year when the input prices had not fluctuated, his company had signed a fixed price package, and he now faced many difficulties.

At the same time, a representative of 207 Construction Joint Stock Company said that due to the general influence of the market, the high price of building materials had a significant impact on contractors' business performance.

"Even for bidding packages implemented under an adjusted price contract, according to the coefficient announced by the local Department of Construction, the prices adjusted have followed the market," said a company representative.

According to the Head of Market Planning Department of Vicem Hoang Thach Cement Company, the company has not adjusted the selling price of cement, but the company was struggling as the input costs for all production and business activities increased.

Currently, coal for cement factories has also increased in price, not to mention transport costs have also risen sharply due to high gasoline prices.

He told local media: "If the situation of production costs continues to escalate beyond the tolerance of businesses, we will certainly have to increase the selling price."

Tu Tuan Thanh, Director of Minh Tien Residential Construction and Repair Company (HCMC), said that the price of materials had increased continuously during the past year, coupled with the pandemic situation and a lack of workers.

Thanh said the situation forced him and many other companies in the same industry to increase the raw construction price by about VND1 million per sq.m to VND5-6 million each sq.m, making the finished cost increase to VND8-9 million per sq.m.

According to the Indian based research firm Mordor Intelligence, Vietnam's construction market was valued at around US$60 billion in 2021, and the market was projected to register a growth rate of more than 8.71 percent during the forecast period (2022-27).

The firm said the country's construction industry was one of the best performing in the Asia-Pacific region, adding despite losing momentum due to Covid-19, it had continued to grow strongly in 2021.

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