Spot zinc TCs continue upward surge, annual contracts begin to be signed

Treatment charges (TCs) for spot zinc concentrate continued to rise in March with deals over the $300-per-tonne mark made for clean cargoes.

Fastmarkets assessed spot zinc concentrate TCs basis cif Asia-Pacific at $270-305 per tonne last month, up by $55 per tonne from $215-250 per tonne in February. The rise took place amid large tonnages being offered into the Chinese market and with a wide spread in deals for clean cargoes. Deals for Antamina zinc concentrate were reported to Fastmarkets in separate deals ranging in TCs from $250 to $300 per tonne cif China. Similarly-prized qualities were sold as high as $330 per tonne, reflecting the continued need for some longs to trim their long positions. Lower grade or high impurity material was traded with TCs set as high as $350 per tonne. “All of this production coming [into the market] is higher manganese and smelters just don’t like it,” a mining source said. Chinese smelters set to return in Q2 Current TC levels – the highest according to Fastmarkets’ records that stretch back to 2014 – may not...


Anna Xu

Archie Hunter

Dalton Barker

Julian Luk

April 02, 2019

03:00 GMT

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