Germany was the top European exporter of copper, aluminium and stainless-steel scrap in November 2019, followed by the UK and France. 

Aluminium scrap exports from all three countries dropped in November from a year ago, on scrap import restrictions issued by China in the second half of 2019.

The UK’s copper scrap exports from Jan-Nov 2019 rose by 33.5pc from a year ago, as Bangladesh increased imports from the UK by 114.5pc to 50,087mt from a year ago. 

The UK’s exports of stainless-steel scrap also rose by 40.9pc on increased imports from the Netherlands, after Indonesia announced a ban on nickel-ore exports starting 2020. 

 

                                                      Europe exports: Copper scrap
 Country     Nov-19   Nov-18% ChangeJan-Nov 19Jan-Nov 18% Change
1Germany      33,292        32,451     2.6   396,334  379,728    4.4
2UK      21,904        20,648      6   319,910  239,624   33.5
3France      20,720        21,922    -5.5   249,710  254,748     -2
 
                                                     Europe exports: Aluminium scrap
 Country      Nov-19     Nov-18% ChangeJan-Nov 19Jan-Nov 18% Change
1Germany      76,730       90,358     -15946,037  997,282    -5
2France      38,235       47,629    -19.7491,953  460,517   6.8
3UK      37,503       41,422    -9.5436,952  409,390   6.7
 
                                                    Europe exports: Stainless-steel scrap
 Country  Nov-19  Nov-18% ChangeJan-Nov 19Jan-Nov 18% Change
1Germany   89,386   82,712      81,025,5881,083,431     -5
2UK   42,840   42,935   -0.2360,224255,645    40.9
3France   21,305   27,423    -22265,039295,284     -10

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