Scrap & Recycling
Global ferrous scrap markets witnessed downtrend on poor demand this week. Turkish steelmakers remained away from trading activities on public holidays. South Asian market showed little activity with India witnessing limited deals at lowered prices while Pakistan and Bangladesh remaining silent on Eid Holidays.
Turkey - Turkish steel mills remained silent this week amid ongoing public Eid holidays. No fresh deep sea cargo bookings put pressure on imported scrap prices pulling assessment marginally down further. Towards weeks’ closing SteelMint’s assessment of HMS scrap of European origin fell to USD 300/MT, CFR Turkey, However, US origin HMS 1&2 scrap prices remain flat on lack of fresh sales this week and assessed at around USD 303-305/MT, CFR Turkey. It is being expected that further correction in the prices remained limited.
Japan - Japan's leading steelmaker Tokyo Steel kept domestic scrap purchase price unchanged amid poor demand this week. However, few EAF steelmakers lowered Japanese H2 purchase price further by JPY 500/MT. H2 was being offered in the range JPY 28,000-29,000/MT, FoB Japan while Shindachi scrap stood at JPY 35,500/MT. Few suppliers were resistant to offer at lower prices as demand from Taiwan and Vietnam remained decent at equivalent prices exceeding JPY 30,000/MT (USD 277), FoB.
Japan's monthly scrap export tender 'Kanto Tetsugen' is scheduled on 11th June for this week. Participants are likely to wait for its result in order to have more clarity on the Japanese scrap price trend.
South Korea - After witnessing a successive rise in domestic scrap prices, South Korean prices turned down towards week close following the global trend. Hyundai Steel remained away from scrap import skipping bids for Japanese scrap yet another week.
Taiwan - According to sources, successive rise in local scrap prices by Feng Hsin Iron & Steel pushed Taiwan scrap prices sharply. However, buying interest turned slow towards week close again. SteelMint’s reference price for containerized imported HMS 1&2 (80:20) of US origin stands at around USD 290-293/MT, CFR Taiwan.
India - Indian imported ferrous scrap market witnessed limited trade activities amid low demand of finished steel. Prices fell USD 8-10/MT in recent deals reported in the market. Slowdown on Eid holidays in other subcontinental markets kept overall trading activities dull and participants to wait for more clarity on the global market.
SteelMint’s assessment for containerized Shredded from Europe, UK and US stand in the range USD 320-325/MT, CFR Nhava Sheva, down by USD 8-10/MT against last week, with few trades from US suppliers being reported in USD 320-323/MT range. Certain UK suppliers are offering at USD 325-327/MT, CFR Nhava Sheva with very limited deals being reported. P&S offers stand at USD 343-345/MT, CFR.
Deals for HMS scrap from UK reported at around USD 305-307/MT, CFR, while Dubai origin HMS 1 reported being traded in the range of USD 320-325/MT, CFR in limited volume. Offers for South African HMS 1&2 and West African origin containerized HMS stood in the range of USD 320-325/MT and USD 307-310/MT CFR respectively. Domestic HMS 1&2 remain in the range of INR 24,600-24,800/MT (USD 355-357) ex Mumbai, amid limited trades.
Pakistan - Pakistan steel market activities turned silent this week after a week-long Eid holiday was officially declared by the government. As of last week, Shredded scrap from Europe and North America was being traded at 330 USD/MT as few buyers continued bookings as per their need on limited inventories in hand.
Bangladesh - Bangladesh remained away from scrap imports this week amid Eid holidays while steelmakers also await the country’s Budget in the 3rd week of the June’19. The market is expecting the sentiments to strengthen in South Asia post-Eid holidays, as the scrap demand rises.