BURSA, Turkey Turkish scrap import volumes continued to grow in 2012 on increasing production from electric-arc furnaces (EFs), according to data released by the Turkish Statistical Institute.
Turkey imported 22.4 million tonnes of ferrous scrap in 2012, up 4.5 percent from the previous year.
The countrys EF-based output totaled 26.6 million tonnes during the same period, up 5.1 percent year on year.
The European Union was Turkeys principal scrap supplier in 2012, sending 11.51 million tonnes to the nation. The United States and Canada came in second with a combined 6.7 million tonnes, and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Balkan countries followed with 3.23 million tonnes.
The Middle EastNorth Africa region (Mena) supplied 685,747 tonnes.
In December, Turkish imports of ferrous scrap totaled 1.8 million tonnes, down 14.6 percent from the corresponding month in 2011, according to the institutes data.
December imports rose 3.3 percent month on month and were valued at $694.7 million, equivalent to about $387 per tonne c.f.r. Thats up from $380 per tonne c.f.r. in November.
The European Union was the largest scrap supplier to Turkey in December, providing 1.03 million tonnes. The United States and Canada followed with 395,751 tonnes, and the CIS and Balkan countries ranked third at 307,574 tonnes. The Mena region came fourth with 57,272 tonnes.
A version of this article was first published by AMM sister publication Steel First.