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Los Angeles scrap metal prices

October 22, 2018

Los Angeles is a pivotal west coast export market for ferrous scrap, covered by Scrap Price Bulletin. Los Angeles and the adjoining Port of Long Beach are the largest west coast ports exporting scrap across the Pacific to China, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, India and Thailand.

Scrap Price Bulletin assesses several grades of delivered to consumer ferrous scrap prices including no. 1 heavy melting, shredded scrap, no. 1 dealer bundles, machine shop turnings, shoveling turnings, electric furnace 1 ft. and under (foundry) and cupola cast for the Los Angeles region. Scrap Price Bulletin assesses no. 1 heavy melting and shredded scrap export yard prices. 

In addition to Los Angeles, Scrap Price Bulletin reporters assess pricing in 18 major markets in the North American ferrous scrap markets each week, talking to a broad sample of market participants involved in the buying and selling of steel and iron scrap.

Every month, Scrap Price Bulletin publishes a regional market reports for Los Angeles that details specific transactions and viewpoints in each region including consumer viewpoints from Gerdau Long Steel North America’s Tamco facility, which is an EAF mini-mill producing rebar and California Steel producing flat rolled steel and ERW pipe.

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Los Angeles
Prices as of August 21, 2017
Prices delivered to export yards per gross ton on cars Low High
No. 1 hvy. melting 123.00 125.00
Shredded scrap 143.00 145.00
Prices delivered to domestic consumers per gross ton on cars
No. 1 hvy. melting 148.00 150.00
Shredded scrap 163.00 165.00
No. 1 dealer bundles 208.00 210.00
Machine shop turnings 78.00 80.00
Shoveling turnings 78.00 80.00
Elec. furnace, 1 ft. and under (foundry) 108.00 110.00
Cupola cast 103.00 105.00

Market Reports

Southern California up $10 in October

By Bill Beck - October 10, 2018

Southern California enjoyed its first up month since early summer, with prices up $10 across the board at both domestic mills and export yards. Some grades were bringing as much as a $20 premium over September prices in quiet deals.