GLOBAL ZINC & LEAD WRAP: Shanghai zinc premiums sink to record low; European levels drop

A continued backwardated exchange price and tepid demand for zinc led to falling premiums for special high-grade (SHG) zinc ingots in Asia and Europe this week.

The Shanghai seaborne market is down to the lowest levels in Fastmarkets historical data, while Europe is just $5 per tonne away that same record. 
  • Shanghai zinc premiums at record lows 
  • Exchange stocks rising on LME and SHFE 
  • Secondary lead premiums remain high in India
Shanghai zinc premiums topple on rising inventories, slack buying
Premiums for zinc in Shanghai fell to record lows this week due to the wide London Metal Exchange backwardation and supply surpassing demand in China.
Fastmarkets’ Shanghai SHG zinc premium fell to $70-80 per tonne on Tuesday June 25, down by $10 from one week ago.
The spot premium is now half of the $150-160 per tonne locked into annual contracts between major overseas smelters and Chinese importers.
Meanwhile, the assessment of the Shanghai bonded-warehouse zinc premium slid to $80-90 per tonne on Tuesday, $10 lower than the prior week.



Anna Xu

Archie Hunter

Amy Hinton

Rijuta Dey Bera

June 26, 2019

14:33 GMT

Shanghai, London, New York