Europe's copper cathode market under strain as foreign units arrive, domestic units stay

The European copper cathode market is under strain as strong imports from Russia and Africa exacerbate a domestic imbalance between supply and demand.

The arrival of off-grade cathode from Africa and non-Grade A units from Russia is contributing to a considerable refined surplus in warehouses and in producers’ yards, while greater scrap availability has also contributed to a build-up in Grade A cathode inventories, market sources told Metal Bulletin.
Metal Bulletin’s in-warehouse Rotterdam Grade A cathode premium was assessed at $30-50 per tonne on Wednesday July 1, down from $40-60 per tonne in mid-June and $50-95 at the start of the year.
In-warehouse Livorno premiums were assessed at $50-70 on Monday, unchanged from the previous week but down from $80-95 per tonne at the start of the year and $125-160 a year ago.
With the stock overhang increasing and demand slowing as industrial users prepare for summer shutdowns, the spot market is becoming increasingly illiquid and pressure on premiums is mounting, trade sources said.

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Published

Mark Burton

July 02, 2015

13:22 GMT

London