The benchmark Rotterdam duty-unpaid P1020 in-warehouse premium fell to $90-100 per tonne on Tuesday June 19, down 39% from a high of $150-165 through April after the sanctions on Rusal.
The duty-paid aluminium P1020A in-warehouse Rotterdam premium followed, falling to $160-175 per tonne on June 19 from a peak of $245-255 per tonne on April 20.
Market participants expect the backwardated spreads to force premiums even lower over the summer.
“I think we are coming to the slowest quarter- everything more or less has been covered for the third quarter… The big question is what the spread will do. Will [the backwardation] be over?” one trader in Europe said. “I don’t see the tight situation on the spreads going away after July.”...