Steel scrap exporters continue to seek alternative markets amid weak Turkish buying

Exporters of steel scrap have continued to explore alternative destination markets for sales of deep-sea scrap cargoes because of the slump in prices in Turkey, sources said in the week ended Friday June 24

  • Limited trading activity heard to Turkey again
  • US exporters sell to Mexico, India in new deals
  • Vietnamese scrap prices down again amid abundant offers
  • Chinese scrap prices emerge above Asian competitors
  • Taiwan import prices drop again following fresh container sales
  • Rare deep-sea bookings undercut containerized prices in India.

Turkey

The Turkish steel scrap import market fell again over the past week, following a handful of deals from Europe and the Baltic Sea region, sources told Fastmarkets.

A steelmaker in the Iskenderun region on Friday booked a European cargo of 19,500 tonnes of HMS 1&2 (75:25) and 2,500 tonnes of bonus at an average price of $318 per tonne cfr. The most recent previous transaction was on June 23, when a steel mill in northern Turkey booked a Baltic Sea shipment of HMS 1&2 (90:10) for $335 per tonne cfr.

Weak steel demand overseas led to another drop in Turkish export rebar prices over the week, further softening scrap buy prices in the country, according to market participants.

Pricing history

United States

US scrap exporters have been reluctant to strike deals with Turkish importers amid the fall in prices in the Middle Eastern country, so have instead sold bulk cargoes to both India and Mexico over the past week.

Pricing history

Vietnam

Spot import prices of deep-sea scrap into the key market of Vietnam kept falling this week with weaker offer prices heard from both Europe and the US, sources told Fastmarkets.

Pricing history

steel scrap, HMS 1&2 (80:20), cfr Vietnam.

China

Chinese scrap prices have emerged above import levels in most other major Asian markets over the past fortnight, leading to at least one bulk cargo being sold to the country.

Pricing history

Taiwan

Buyers in Taiwan secured several US-origin containerized scrap cargoes at $360 per tonne cfr Taiwan on Friday, down sharply from $405-425 per tonne cfr Taiwan late last week, according to sources.

Pricing history

India

Traders expected prices for containerized scrap imports to fall further as a result of cheaper deep-sea bulk bookings from the US and offers from Europe this week.

Pricing history

What to read next
Fastmarkets is inviting feedback from the industry on the pricing methodology for its MB-IRO-0004 pig iron import, cfr Gulf of Mexico, US assessment as part of its annual methodology review process.
A surge in recycling capacity in the US aluminium industry is coming in the next few years while for now it continues to meet most of its primary aluminium needs from Canada.
The US steel industry’s preponderance of electric-arc furnace (EAF) capacity may be a double-edged sword when it comes to collecting green steel premiums, market sources have told Fastmarkets
Fastmarkets invited feedback from the industry on the pricing methodology for its International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO)-audited ferrous scrap materials, via an open consultation process between April 4 and May 6, 2024. This consultation was done as part of our published annual methodology review process.
The copper market is facing a historical moment with Chinese smelters now paying premiums for raw material copper concentrate while selling their finished product at a discount, but participants point to easing concentrate demand in the second quarter as supportive for the market
Main Brazilian steel producers halted production and operations in distribution centers in the country's Rio Grande do Sul state due to local floods, but potential losses remain uncertain since the situation has not yet been resolved, the companies told Fastmarkets in written statements this week