NEW YORK U.S. ferrous
scrap exports fell for a third consecutive month in November as
South Korea continued to retreat from the market.
In a near-reversal of trends
seen in October, exports to Turkey strengthened in November
while interest from key Asian destinations like South Korea,
Taiwan and India declined.
Exports totaled 1,382,778 tonnes
in November, down 5.6 percent from 1,464,569 tonnes the
previous month and 28.9 percent below 1,944,916 tonnes shipped
abroad in November 2011, according to the latest U.S. Commerce
Rising scrap prices in November
and the arrival of several previously booked cargoes in Korea
prompted buyers there to drastically reduce deals with West
Coast exporters. Exports to Korea dropped to 110,799 tonnes in
November, down 54.3 percent from 242,288 tonnes in October and
54.2 percent from 242,081 tonnes in November 2011.
Sales to Taiwan slid to 230,257
tonnes in November, down 8.5 percent from the previous month,
while deliveries to India slipped 4.1 percent to 89,671
Sales of No. 1 heavy melt felt
the brunt of Novembers volume loss, falling to 408,684
tonnes, down 19.7 percent from 508,952 tonnes the previous
month and 30.5 percent from 588,066 tonnes a year earlier.
Turkeys improved interest
in shredded scrap helped lift overall November volumes of that
grade to 468,679 tonnes, up 18.8 percent from 394,585 tonnes
the previous month although 41.5 percent below 801,838 tonnes
in November 2011. Turkey accounted for 170,219 tonnes of
Novembers shredded scrap exports, more than double the
81,394 tonnes it took in October.
Turkeys intake of U.S.
ferrous scrap totaled 470,279 tonnes in November, up 8.6
percent from 432,855 tonnes in October and 8.2 percent from
434,741 tonnes a year earlier.
U.S. ferrous scrap exports in
the first 11 months of last year totaled 19,750,772 tons, down
12.7 percent from 22,634,435 tonnes in the same period in 2011,
largely due to a 56.9-percent decline in shipments to China to
1,732,199 tonnes from 4,016,963 tonnes.