According to the import statistics prepared by the Ministry of Finance, the import volume of stainless steel scrap in December 2015 was 7,247 tons, down by 17.3% from the prior month. The import by country is as shown in Table 1 and the same by discharge port in Table 2 respectively. |
The monthly average import unit price was JPY145,801 per ton, up by 1.6% from the prior month. This was because LME nickel price (Average price in December) was up by 6.2% from the prior month and the scraps with a high nickel content and a high unit price were imported from South Korea and USA following the prior month.
For a reference, the entire import volume in the full year 2015 (January - December) was 89,951 tons, grossly down by 27.5% from 124,076 tons in the prior year. The breakdown by discharge port throughout the year is as shown in Table 3.