Mining News Pro - SteelMint learned in recent conversations with market participants that Pakistan`s imported scrap market likely to pick up bookings shortly on low stocks in hands, however most of the steelmakers are waiting for Governments’ announcement and releasing of funds towards mega construction projects which are still on standby.
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According to Mining News Pro -SteelMint learned in recent conversations with market participants that Pakistan`s imported scrap market likely to pick up bookings shortly on low stocks in hands, however most of the steelmakers are waiting for Governments’ announcement and releasing of funds towards mega construction projects which are still on standby. Demand for finish steel remains moderate as corporate and residential projects are running but government own projects haven’t started yet due to holding of funds from the new Government.

Offers for containerized Shredded scrap heard in the range of USD 360-365/MT, CFR Qasim for UK origin, which remains almost stable on W-o-W basis. While European Shredded scrap traded in minor quantities at USD 357-360/MT, CFR Qasim.

Offers from Dubai suppliers have come under pressure as demand remained subdued. Offers for HMS 1&2 scrap heard at USD 350/MT and HMS 1 at USD 355/MT, CFR Qasim. These prices corrected down by USD 3-5/MT W-o-W. However, few buyers seem actively looking for competitive prices on limited inventories in hand.

Local steel demand improves slowly - According to sources, domestic steel market is almost same as the last week. Demand for Bala billet improved this week with prices moved up by PKR 2000/MT W-o-W. However, sales of G-60 billet remained to lower side as compared with commercial billet holding its prices stable W-o-W. Rebar prices keep climbing up slowly by PKR 1000/MT on W-o-W with slow pick up in dispatches as compared to last week amid positive outlook for coming days.

Major steelmakers in Karachi observe rebar prices little higher side than other regions of the country. Commercial rebar assessed at PKR 94,000-95,000/MT, ex-works while G-60 rebar prices heard at PKR 99,000-101,000/MT, ex-works in Karachi. Another leading steel maker holds premium rebar prices in the Southern Pakistan at around PKR 104,000/MT, ex-works inclusive of taxes.

Local steel prices assessed as on 03rd Oct’18 -

Average Prices, Ex-work Punjab and Lahore,inclusive of taxes

Particular

03rd Oct`18

Last week assessment

W-o-W Change

PKR/MT

USD/MT

PKR/MT

PKR

Local Scrap (Equivalent to Shredded)

55,000-55,500

438-442

54,000-54,500

1000

Bala (Local Billet)

76,500-77,500

618-626

74,500-75,500

2000

CC Billet (Grade 60)

81,500-82,500

660-668

81,500-82,500

0

Deformed bar

96,000-97,000

779-785

95,000-96,000

1000

Local scrap prices increase further - Since past couple of weeks, local scrap which was cheaper over imported has observed surge in the prices to come in line with imported scrap now. Prices learned to have moved up by PKR 1000/MT on W-o-W basis. Local pure super toke scrap equivalent to Shredded is assessed at around PKR 55,000/MT (USD 446), ex-works and local HMS scrap assessed at PKR 49,500-50,500/MT, ex-works inclusive of taxes.

Ship breaking market observes few sales as buying resumes - Ship cutting steel plate prices move up by PKR 1000/MT W-o-W and assessed at PKR 76,000/MT (USD 614) while Gadani ship breaking market witnessed a sale of Bulker containing 10,215 LDT volumes at price of USD 363/LT LDT this week.

 


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