ASIA STEEL SCRAP DIGEST: Sentiment down on falls in China futures, Japan scrap bids [UPDATE]

Lower bids for Japanese steel scrap heard from key buyers, combined with the sharp drop in Chinese ferrous futures this week, have created a slide in sentiment across the major Asian steel scrap markets, sources told Fastmarkets on Tuesday August 3.

  • Slide in Chinese futures market reduces cfr China scrap, billet prices
  • Tokyo Steel drops scrap buy prices at Tahara works, except for Shindachi busheling
  • Taiwanese buyers attempt to purchase cargoes at lower prices
  • Indian prices remain static.

China
Rising numbers of Covid-19 cases in China’s eastern province of Jiangsu, added to mixed messaging from the Beijing government on production levels, have led to a crash in Chinese ferrous futures prices on Monday and Tuesday this week, sources said.
Imported steel billet was heard sold at prices as high as $728-730 per tonne cfr China last week, but interest among buyers for new spot bookings was heard at just $660 per tonne cfr China on Tuesday.

The uncertainty caused by both factors has led to Chinese mills pulling back even further from potential...

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Lee Allen

Paul Lim

Carrie Bone

Tianran Zhao

August 03, 2021

15:42 GMT

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