Provisional statistics for the first 11 months of 2009 show an increase in EU steel scrap exports of 12.7% to 13.5Mt.

Provisional statistics for the first 11 months of 2009 show an increase in EU steel scrap exports of 12.7% to 13.5Mt.

The Bureau of International Recycling report states steel scrap imports fell 35.5% to 2.9Mt compared with 2008.

The increase in exports was fuelled by demand from Asia, especially India, China and Pakistan.

Turkey held on to its position as the leading buyer of EU steel scrap with a total of 6.3Mt - a slight decrease of 2.7% compared to the same period in 2008.

India was second on 1.8Mt with an increase of 51.1% while China secured third position after its total soared 234.5% to 1.4Mt.

Among the major suppliers of steel scrap to the EU, Russia maintained its top position by delivering 934kt in the first 11 months, although this is a decline of 30% when compared to the corresponding period of 2008.