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Seattle-Portland scrap metal prices

December 10, 2018

The Seattle-Portland area market is a major scrap exporter on the US west coast along with San Francisco and Los Angeles. Accounting for much of the Pacific coast export business, the Seattle-Portland market ships to countries like Taiwan, India, China, Korea, and Thailand. 

Scrap Price Bulletin covers six different steel and iron prices for the Seattle-Portland market including no. 1 heavy melting, shredded scrap, no. 2 bundles, and mixed yard cast for prices delivered to domestic consumers per gross ton on cars. Scrap Price Bulletin also covers the delivered price to export yards per gross ton on cars for no. 1 heavy melting and shredded scrap

Scrap Price Bulletin subscribers have the ability to view this extensive Seattle/Portland pricing data by using the web-based charting tool. This tool enables allows the user to select relevant pricing and the desired time period to either view in exportable excel files or online. In addition to providing pricing and charting capabilities for the Seattle-Portland region, Scrap Price Bulletin also publishes a monthly market report assessing the major price changes and explanations surrounding price movements. Market reports are also published for the other 17 cities in Scrap Price Bulletin’s coverage.

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Prices as of October 9, 2017
Prices delivered to export yards per gross ton on cars Low High
No. 1 hvy. melting 123.00 125.00
Shredded scrap 143.00 145.00
Prices delivered to domestic consumers per gross ton on cars
No. 1 hvy. melting 158.00 160.00
Shredded scrap 178.00 180.00
No. 2 bundles 88.00 90.00
Mixed yard cast 198.00 200.00

Market Reports

Pacific Northwest markets turn around after strong autumn

By Bill Beck - December 12, 2018

In December, export markets in the Pacific Northwest gave back $15 of the $20 they had gained in October and November, with some in the region predicting the markets could be off further before January. Domestic mills, which had booked $10 raises in both October and November, were off $10 for the year’s last month.