Chrome, manganese ore, alloys markets disagree on effect of Chinese VAT cut

China’s intention to cut the rate of value-added tax to 13% has already been credited for an increase in imported ore prices and having a bearish effect on alloys, Fastmarkets heard on Wednesday March 27.

The rate of VAT in the east Asian country applicable to manufacturers will be lowered from April 1 by 3 percentage points, to 13%, with the intention of stimulating China’s slowing economy. The tax cut should have no noticeable effect on prices in any particular sector once it has been fully implemented, because it will apply equally throughout the supply chain, according to a ferro-chrome supplier to China. “The VAT cut means that everyone is paying less. It’s a full circle and it should have no effect on prices, but it will free up cash-flow and increase liquidity. It’s a stimulant,” the source told Fastmarkets. In the meantime, different parts of the market have said that the reform will support their industries. There have been reports that buyers of ferro-chrome will reduce their price bids in response to the stimulus, while chrome and manganese ore suppliers have argued that their customers could absorb higher...

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Janie Davies

Susan Zou

Karen Ng

Jon Stibbs

Amy Lv

March 27, 2019

20:35 GMT

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