STEEL SCRAP WRAP: Fresh price increases in Turkey; Asian markets firm

The prices paid for steel scrap by mills in Turkey and Asia have moved up over the week ending Friday July 17, against a backdrop of stronger Chinese prices for iron ore and steel.

  • Turkish steel producers continue to book deep-sea scrap at progressively higher prices through the week
  • US East Coast market activity increased after new sales to Turkey
  • Vietnamese scrap demand was supported by a surge in billet bookings to China
  • Taiwanese mills turned their focus to Japan-origin cargoes
  • India prices remained firm on tight supply

Turkish steel mills continued to purchase deep-sea scrap cargoes during the past seven days, with prices rising as the week progressed.

Mills in Turkey booked five deep sea cargoes during the week, from the Baltic Sea and from the US East Coast.

Scrap prices in Turkey were supported by higher rebar prices, together with stronger prices in the Chinese ferrous markets, sources said.

“I think prices will remain firm as long as the Chinese market holds strong,” a senior executive with a major Turkish steel mill said. “Iron ore, pig iron, billet and slab prices should not go below their current levels.”

Sources also cited higher freight costs as a reason for the elevated prices. Fastmarkets heard freight costs of $13-14 per tonne for scrap in bulk from the United Kingdom to Turkey on Thursday July 16, up from $11 per tonne one month before for a 30,000-tonne bulk shipment.

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
The US East Coast ferrous scrap export market showed renewed signs of life this past week following the new bookings to Turkey, with export prices remaining largely stable compared with previous sales prices. Recyclers in some East Coast regions have reduced yard buying prices following a drop in domestic scrap prices in July’s monthly trade.

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 continued to purchase Japan-origin imported scrap cargoes over the week, with some domestic steelmakers sourcing the raw materials to produce steel billet for hungry Chinese buyers.

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


Import prices for containerized ferrous scrap in Taiwan appeared to hit a ceiling this past week because buyers have started to try to secure more competitive material from Japan instead of from the US.

Pricing history
steel scrap, HMS 1&2 (80:20 mix), US material import, cfr main port Taiwan


Prices of scrap imported into India inched upward on tight supply, with South Africa and the United Arab Emirates both subject to temporary export bans, meaning that less material was available on the market.

Pricing history
steel scrap, shredded, index, import, cfr Nhava Sheva, India

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