Scrap & Recycling
SteelMint learned in recent conversations with industry participants that imported scrap offers to Pakistan have shown slight correction following softening global scrap offers.
Trades had picked up for Ramadan restocking at higher prices during the closing of last week, however, buying interest has started cooling off on nearing Ramadan month which usually turns market activities slow.
SteelMint’s assessment for containerized Shredded scrap stands at USD 332-335/MT, CFR Qasim, slightly down against USD 337-340/MT, CFR levels that were seen during closing last week.
“Global scrap prices seem under a bit pressure and participants expect further downside as May month to see a further slowdown in demand following the largest buyer, Turkey (also) will be going through Ramadan” shared a trader.
Several trades for Shredded scrap in containers from UK and Europe have been reported at around USD 332-335/MT, CFR Qasim.
Asking rates for Dubai HMS 1 stand still at around USD 335-337/MT, CFR depending on quality. In recent trades reported in containers, HMS 1 from Middle East concluded at USD 335/MT, CFR and from UK origin at USD 320/MT, CFR. South African HMS 1&2 traded at around USD 332-335/MT, CFR Qasim.
Local steel market lacks end consumer demand - Domestic market conditions are more-or-less the same since the past couple of weeks. With lesser construction activities and shortage of labor during Ramadam, end consumer demand for steel products is likely to remain low.
Domestic scrap prices at par with landed imported scrap - Domestic scrap prices equivalent to Shredded is being reported at PKR 63,000/MT (USD 445), ex-works inclusive of taxes, up by PKR 500/MT (USD 4) on W-o-W basis. Limited availability of domestic scrap might have supported scrap buyers to refill their inventories last week.
Billet and Rebar markets exhibit mixed sentiments, prices range bound - SteelMint’s assessment of local billet stands at PKR 78,500-79,000/MT (USD 554-558) ex-works. Rebar prices in Northern region reported at around PKR 97,500-98,500/MT that of Southern at PKR 98,500-99,500/MT, ex-works inclusive of local taxes. Participants believe that Pakistani Rupee to remain stable against US Dollar and sharp depreciation is less expected in the short term.