STEEL SCRAP WRAP: Global prices continue surge on strong demand

Steel scrap prices continued to surge this week due to sustained demand from buyers in all markets, with the exception of India. Downstream steel prices have supported raw material price increases in Asia, with buyers melting scrap to feed demand for billet and long steel products.

  • Turkey books Canadian, Baltic Sea scrap
  • US export prices to go higher
  • Vietnam buys deep-sea bulk cargoes
  • Taiwan chases containerized scrap prices higher
  • Indian market remains subdued.

Turkey
Turkish steel mills continued to purchase imported scrap cargoes at higher prices to feed downstream long steel production. Steel mills in the country have been actively offering rebar cargoes to Hong Kong and Singapore, with at least one cargo sold and one more under price negotiation.
Turkish scrap buyers booked Canadian and Baltic Sea cargoes this week instead of United States-origin material, which has been offered at higher prices compared with other origins.
Pricing history
steel scrap HMS 1&2 (80:20 mix), Northern Europe origin, cfr Turkey.
steel scrap HMS 1&2 (80:20), US origin, cfr Turkey.
United States
Market sources expected more purchasing activity in the near term and at higher prices, due to strong demand from global steel mills and limited scrap flows.
Pricing history
steel scrap HMS 1&2 (80:20), export index, fob New York.
steel scrap shredded scrap, export index, fob New York.
steel scrap, HMS 1&2 (80:20), export index, fob Los Angeles.
Vietnam
Vietnam has purchased at least two deep-sea cargoes this week, turning away from Japanese H2 cargoes due to the narrow premium.
Pricing history
steel scrap, HMS 1&2 (80:20), cfr Vietnam.
Taiwan
Taiwanese buyers have continued to purchase containerized cargoes at higher prices because of high prices for finished products.
Pricing history
steel scrap, HMS 1&2 (80:20 mix), US material import, cfr main port Taiwan.
India
Indian prices were largely unchanged this week due to lackluster interest for imports among mills.
Pricing history
steel scrap, shredded, index, import, cfr Nhava Sheva, India.

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Cem Turken

Lee Allen

Paul Lim

Carrie Bone

Amy Hinton

March 05, 2021

17:50 GMT

Singapore, Mugla, London