Monrovia - ArcelorMittal plans to cut up to 450 jobs in Liberia and lower iron ore exports from the West African nation as it battles to reduce costs, the world's largest producer of steel said.
ArcelorMittal Liberia said its executives met with union leaders earlier this week to inform them of the pending layoffs.
“We deeply regret that the current economic environment is not allowing us to maintain employment at the current level,” Michel Prive, chief executive of ArcelorMittal Liberia, said in the statement emailed late on Tuesday.
In another move to reduce costs, the company, which owns the Tokadeh Mountain mine, will from January only operate during the dry season and will sell 3 million tons of direct shipping ore (DSO) to the European market.
ArcelorMittal previously operated during both the dry and wet seasons and shipped 5 million tons of DSO annually to Europe and China.