Mills slowed down bookings for US-origin containerised scrap this week amid falling demand and a rise in offers to $255/mt cfr South Korea.
The rise in offers was driven by an increase in Turkish ferrous scrap imports. The index for HMS 1&2 (80:20) increased to $267.13/mt cfr Turkey on June 16, up by $4.63/mt from June 09.
A few trades were heard for HMS 1&2 (80:20) at $250/mt cfr South Korea. But most bids were at $245/mt cfr South Korea.
The index for containerised shredded and P&S scrap settled at $260/mt and $270/mt cfr South Korea, respectively, both up by $5/mt on Wednesday. Few trades were heard for shredded at $260/mt cfr South Korea.
No major trades for busheling and #1HMS were heard and their indexes rose by $2/mt to $275/mt and $3/mt to $255/mt cfr South Korea, respectively.
In the bulk market, a US West coast-origin supplier sold 32,000mt ferrous scrap consisting of #1 HMS to Dongkuk steel at $282/mt cfr South Korea, up by around $20/mt from the prior bulk deal. Two bulk cargoes, each consisting of 10,000mt of Russian A3 scrap were booked at $260/mt cfr South Korea and at $269/mt cfr by mills this week.
South Korean domestic ferrous scrap prices moved up by KRW10,000-15,000/mt from the prior week for a third successive week. Mills with inventories have started dipping. Hyundai steel raised domestic ferrous scrap purchase price by KRW15,000/mt to KRW325,000/mt del mill due to tight supply. While Dongkuk steel booked Heavy A scrap at KRW330,000/mt del mill.