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Houston scrap metal prices

February 11, 2019
Houston is a broker buying market that is exceptionally positioned for scrap exporting—specifically to Mexico.  While Houston is approximately 360 miles from the Mexican border, the state of Texas itself has 29 official US ports of entry, more than any other state, according to the CBP website. Mexican mills receive a majority of Houston’s scrap material via railway, while Houston docks deal primarily with obsolete scrap exports to international markets such as Turkey. 
Scrap Price Bulletin produces steel and iron scrap prices for no. 1 heavy melting, no. 2 heavy melting, no. 1 busheling, shredded scrap, machine shop turnings and plate and structurals, 5 ft. and under.
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Prices as of December 4, 2017
Brokers' buying prices per gross ton on cars Low High
No. 1 hvy. melting 146.00 147.00
No. 2 hvy. melting 136.00 137.00
No. 1 busheling 156.00 157.00
Shredded scrap 159.00 160.00
Machine shop turnings 96.00 97.00
Plate and structurals, 5 ft. and under 146.00 147.00
Unstripped motor blocks 135.00 136.00

Market Reports

Southern markets hold steady in Feb, primes dip $10

By Sean Barry - February 13, 2019

General market report for Birmingham and Houston
Prices for obsolete grades in the south of the country held in their ranges in February amid robust demand from domestic and overseas buyers, while prime grades lost $10 on weaker buying activity.