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Los Angeles scrap metal prices

January 27, 2020

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 ferrous scrap export yard prices including no. 1 heavy melting, shredded scrap, no. 1 dealer bundles and machine shop turnings, unstripped motor blocks, cut structual/plate 5 ft max, no.2 bundles for the Los Angeles region.

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 November 19, 2018
Prices delivered to export yards per gross ton on cars Low High
No. 1 hvy. melting 103.00 105.00
Shredded scrap 118.00 120.00
Prices delivered to domestic consumers per gross ton on cars
No. 1 hvy. melting 143.00 145.00
Shredded scrap 158.00 160.00
No. 1 dealer bundles 203.00 205.00
Machine shop turnings 73.00 75.00
Shoveling turnings 73.00 75.00
Elec. furnace, 1 ft. and under (foundry) 103.00 105.00
Cupola cast 98.00 100.00

Market Reports

Southern California domestic and export markets both off

By Bill Beck - December 12, 2018

For the second straight month, Southern California and the West Coast were part of a two-tier national market. While markets across a broad swath of North America were sideways, markets in Southern California were off across the board. Weak export sales dropped prices $15 on the docks after dropping $10 last month. Prices at domestic mills were off $10 in December.