Taiwanese non-ferrous scrap imports climbed 9pc for aluminum but were flat with a 1pc reduction for copper from January to August 2021, according to the country’s Customs data.
The country’s aluminum and copper scrap volumes stood at 73,067mt and 78,280mt, respectively, compared with 67,040mt and 79,242mt in the same year-ago period.
Taiwan imported 36pc more of the material in August at 10,193mt against 7,500mt in the same month last year. The US was the largest exporter at 1,148mt, but volumes were down by nearly half of 2,367mt from August 2020.
The country’s total August shipments fell by 16pc to 10,055mt from 11,986mt in the same prior-year month. China was the top exporter, though its volumes declined by 11pc to 1,669mt from 1,883mt during the same timeframe.