Global copper scrap supply chain could face ‘dislocations’ in years to come amid Chinese scrap ban, tariffs – Barnes

The global copper supply chain could be underestimating the market impact of Chinese scrap cuts amid the country’s growing consumption, established industry expert Jonathan Barnes told Fastmarkets.

“China has been absorbing around 50% of the world’s copper scrap,” Barnes said. “The effect of the tightening legislation is big. People have been underestimating the impact of Chinese copper scrap consumption.”
In April 2018, China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment announced that the country would ban the import of 32 types of scrap materials, while a further ban on 16 types of additional scrap materials would be staggered across 2019.

Of note, restrictions on Category 7 copper – which is typically comprised of wires, cables and engine motors and often needs further processing before it reaches smelters – took effect in January 2019, while “smelter ready” Category 6 scrap is expected to be...

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Hassan Butt

March 11, 2019

10:00 GMT

London