Aluminum scrap exports from the US increased by 8.6pc to 161,429mt in February compared with 148,675mt a year earlier, according to the latest data from the US Census Bureau.
Used beverage can (UBC) shipments stood at 19,816mt in February, rising by 152pc compared with 7,848mt a year ago. Export batches also consisted of 4,244mt of remelt scrap aluminum, up by 5pc annually. Shipments of other scrap aluminum tallied at 137,367mt, up by 0.4pc from a year ago. This segment mostly consists of non-ferrous zorba.
Malaysia was the largest importer of aluminum scrap in February, accepting 16,247mt with Mexico and India following at 14,108mt and 12,068mt, respectively.
Other US nonferrous scrap exports rose in February as well, with copper up 8.2pc to 67,328mt from a year earlier while zinc scrap exports increased by 34.1pc at 2,969mt. Nickel and lead shipments fell by 62pc and 22pc to 939mt and 4,926mt, respectively.