GLOBAL TIN WRAP: European premiums dip on shifted focus to long-term deals; US, China premiums hold on ample supply

The tin premium in Europe softened from its highest level since January 2017 due to a market shift to longer-term supply solutions despite remaining elevated on Indonesian supply concerns, while both US and Chinese premiums held ground on steady spot business and sufficient supply.

European premiums ease while market finds supply solutions  US participants look to 2019 contracts  China’s closed import window keeps market steady European premiums soften despite supply constraints The premium for 99.9% standard-grade tin ingot with 300ppm lead content, in-warehouse, fell to $370-440 per tonne on Tuesday November 6, drifting from a 21-month high despite continued reports of difficulty sourcing supply from Indonesia. The suspension of key smelter inspector PT Surveyor Indonesia in October caused the European tin premium to reach an almost two-year high of $380-450 per tonne last week. This was attributed to the increased difficulty in securing tin supply because Indonesian tin exports require clearance through independent analysis prior to trading on the Indonesia Commodity & Derivatives Exchange (ICDX) – a service PT Surveyor provides. In the absence of spot supply, the market is now negotiating long-term supply solutions, with the reduced spot trading activity causing premiums to...

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Perrine Faye

Hassan Butt

Michael Roh

Violet Li

November 07, 2018

16:30 GMT

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