WAREHOUSING: Relaxation of Chinese controls raises hopes for China-based LME warehouse network

The establishment of a warehouse network in China has not yet come to fruition many years after the idea was first mooted, but the continued opening up of the country suggests it is a case of “when” rather than “if.”

When Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing (HKEX) bought the London Metal Exchange five years ago, one of the most attractive parts of its offer was its strong connection with China.
As well as higher liquidity from Chinese participants, exchange members anticipated a smoother path to the LME establishing registered warehouses in the country.
But while HKEX has not stopped lobbying Beijing on the point and has publically expressed its willingness to co-operate with domestic commodity exchanges to ensure a level playing field, it has foundered.
This is not only because of a sense of unwillingness from its Chinese peers but also because of Beijing’s retention of strict controls over currency exchange and warehousing.

Although the LME is the most traded platform for...


Kiki Kang

December 04, 2017

21:00 GMT