GLOBAL TIN WRAP: European premium ticks higher on depressed supply outlook; US, China premiums flat

The tin premium in Europe continued its ascent on Tuesday December 11 on mounting concern for the availability of supply from Indonesia, while weak demand is keeping premiums in the United States and China flat.

European premium boosted by Indonesian export freeze US premiums flat in quiet market Chinese premiums stable on seasonality, closed import window European tin premium up before a tight January The premium for 99.9% tin in Europe edged slightly higher this week in anticipation of a supply crunch in January, while stocks are depleted and exports from Indonesia remain suspended. The premium for 99.9% standard ingot grade with 300ppm lead content rose to $410-460 per tonne in-warehouse Rotterdam on Tuesday, from $400-450 per tonne a week prior. Business was reported at both ends of the range, and even up to $495 per tonne for very small tonnages. “December is dead but people are starting to panic about January because there is very little supply coming out of Indonesia and not much stocks left,” a tin trader said. Until now, the impact of the export freeze from Indonesia was offset by weak demand...


Perrine Faye

Violet Li

Orla O'Sullivan

December 12, 2018

17:37 GMT

New York, London, Shanghai