West Coast scrap index soars on China sale

Jan 14, 2013 | 04:59 PM | Sean Davidson

Tags  ferrous scrap, scrap exports, scrap prices, AMM West Coast Ferrous Scrap Export Index, AMM East Coast Ferrous Scrap Export Index, heavy melt, shredded scrap, scrap exports Sean Davidson

NEW YORK — U.S. West Coast bulk export prices jumped more than $11 per tonne in the past week as demand from East Asia continued to drive prices in the region.

Market participants expect more interest from buyers in China and Taiwan this week as mills look to fill inventories before the Chinese New Year holiday next month.

Sources said that a U.S. exporter had sold a bulk cargo of shred to a Chinese mill last week at $430 per tonne c.i.f. The lone West Coast sale put AMM’s West Coast Ferrous Scrap Export Index at $387.77 per tonne f.o.b. Los Angeles for an 80/20 mix of No. 1 and No. 2 heavy melt, up 3.1 percent from $376.01 previously.....





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