Canada’s total exports of ferrous scrap rose by 4.43pc to 1.35mn mt in the first four months of the year compared to 1.3mn mt in the same period in 2020, according to customs data.
Ferrous scrap exports rose by 29pc to 322,288mt in April 2021 compared to 249,726mt in April last year and were up by 40pc from 230,866mt in March this year.
The country’s highest exports of ferrous scrap were to the US at a 65pc increase to 270,544mt in April from 163,591mt in April last year and rose by 47pc from 183,510mt in March this year. This was followed by exports to Taiwan at a 29pc rise in April to 18.596mt compared to 14,387mt in April 2020 and up by 11pc from 16,826mt in March this year.
Canada’s exports of aluminum scrap also rose by 32.7pc to 194,942mt in the four-month period compared to 146,805mt in the same months in 2020.
In April alone, the country’s exports of aluminum scrap rose by 75pc to 49,743mt from 28,406mt on an annual basis while they fell by 6pc from 52,903mt in March this year.
Canada’s highest exports of aluminum scrap was to the US at a 96pc increase to 33,140mt in April compared to 16,867mt in April last year while they dropped by 2pc from 33,880mt in March 2021. The country’s second-highest exports were to Malaysia at a 573pc surge in April to 5,559mt compared to 826mt in April 2020 and at a 28pc increase from 4,340mt in March this year.
The country’s exports of copper scrap saw a 31.8pc increase in January to April period to 44,794mt from 33,979mt in the same months last year.
Exports of Canada’s copper scrap in April alone increased by 51pc to 12,423mt from 8,200mt in April 2020 and rose by 6pc from 11,759mt in March this year.
Again, the highest exports of copper scrap were to the US at a 38pc rise to 6,013mt in April compared to 4,357mt in April last year and at a 3pc rise from 5,836mt in March this year. This was followed by exports to China at a 304pc surge to 3,514mt in April 2021 from 869mt annually while they increased by 74pc from 2,014mt in March this year.