SMM6, 24 Feb: China's scrap metal imports rose 8.6 per cent to 380000 tons in May from a month earlier, according to data released by the General Administration of Customs on Sunday. But China's imports of scrap metal from January to May were 1.46 million tons, down 40.7 per cent from a year earlier.
China imported 170000 tons of scrap copper in May, the same as in April, but fell 16.7 per cent from a year earlier.
Overall, imports of scrap copper from January to May were 680000 tons, down 27.9 per cent from 943000 tons in the same period last year.
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Behind the sharp decline in physical volume is the rise in the amount of metal brought about by the rise in the taste of imported scrap copper. According to rough estimates, imports of scrap copper rose about 20 per cent in May from a year earlier. The cumulative amount of copper scrap imported from January to May increased by about 50,000 tons over the same period last year. From July 1, scrap copper will only be imported by enterprises with import approval. Due to the import effect of snatching imports in April and May, the import volume of scrap copper is relatively sufficient, and the better import price in the past two months has also given a certain opportunity to import scrap copper. At present, the judgment of the stability of imported scrap copper in the first half of the year can be basically confirmed, and there may even be a slight increase.
The market's biggest focus on scrap copper is on the copper-to-scrap policy, which will be implemented on July 1. With the approach of July 1, the relevant approval information is also gradually released to the market.
On June 20, the website of the solid waste Center published the ninth batch of restricted public notice forms in 2019, which included a list of six categories of scrap copper import approval documents, involving a total of 240429 tons of imported scrap copper approval documents. SMM calculated that the total amount of the approval did not have a great impact on the six categories of scrap copper, and the decline in scrap copper imports was mainly due to the decline in seven categories of scrap copper imports. From this, it is inferred that in the second half of the year, only seven categories of reduction in China will be seen, with a reduction of 60, 000 tons in the third quarter and 131000 tons in the whole year. "correlation Analysis-[SMM interpretation] the first batch of restricted import scrap copper involved a total of 240400 tons
At present, in order to ensure that the relevant waste enterprises can gradually adapt to the operation of the approval system, the amount of copper scrap metal involved in the approval document in the third quarter can still ensure the normal production of the enterprise. However, because the approval documents are issued on a quarterly basis, it is not known what will happen in the fourth quarter, and whether the volume of scrap copper imports will continue to narrow due to the restrictions imposed by the approval documents.
Due to the continuous low price difference of refined copper, the profits of copper scrap enterprises are thin, the amount of copper scrap is reduced, and the consumption of refined copper is supported to a certain extent. There is an adequate supply of imported scrap copper, so at present, more contradictions in the scrap copper market is due to poor consumption, there is no shortage in supply, and more is due to the reduction in the outflow of scrap copper caused by shipowners holding goods and cherishing sales after the fall in prices. The prospect of demand depends on the issuance of subsequent domestic approvals.
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