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Houston scrap metal prices

June 11, 2018
Houston is a broker buying market that is exceptionally positioned for scrap exporting—specifically to Mexico.  While Houston is approximately 360 miles from the Mexican border, the state of Texas itself has 29 official US ports of entry, more than any other state, according to the CBP website. Mexican mills receive a majority of Houston’s scrap material via railway, while Houston docks deal primarily with obsolete scrap exports to international markets such as Turkey. 
Scrap Price Bulletin produces steel and iron scrap prices for no. 1 heavy melting, no. 2 heavy melting, no. 1 busheling, shredded scrap, machine shop turnings, plate and structurals, 5 ft. and under, and unstripped motor blocks.
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Prices as of April 10, 2017
Brokers' buying prices per gross ton on cars Low High
No. 1 hvy. melting 166.00 167.00
No. 2 hvy. melting 156.00 157.00
No. 1 busheling 206.00 207.00
Shredded scrap 179.00 180.00
Machine shop turnings 116.00 117.00
Plate and structurals, 5 ft. and under 166.00 167.00
Unstripped motor blocks 155.00 156.00

Market Reports

Southern scrap markets mixed bag in June

By Sean Barry - June 13, 2018

Ferrous scrap prices in the South and South East of the country experienced different fortunes in June as prices held at May numbers across the board in Birmingham and South Carolina, while many grades in Houston faced downside pressure as brokers who sell into the Mississippi River market were quoted lower prices by river mills.