ALUMINIUM BILLET WRAP: Covid-19 lockdowns push premiums lower; Germany, Italy at record lows

Aluminium billet premiums across the globe declined on Thursday April 9, with the Covid-19 pandemic continuing to dampen downstream aluminium demand and prices across the supply chain.

  • Fresh record lows in Germany, Italy
  • Brazil premium at 44-month low
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  • No spot business in Thailand
Huge drops in Europe
Liquidity was minimal throughout Europe this week as the coronavirus outbreak meant a number of consumers around the continent remain closed.
Billet premiums in Italy and Germany moved to their lowest since Fastmarkets began pricing them in 2012.
Fastmarkets assessed the aluminium 6063 extrusion billet premium, ddp North Germany (Ruhr region) at $240-260 per tonne, down from $270-290 per tonne on April 3.
“I have people canceling orders all over the place. No one wants billet and the demand is literally non-existent,” a trader said.
Falling primary aluminium premiums have severely impacted billet premiums.
  

"If you look at the logic, we've come down $40 on the duty-paid premium; billets must come down that same level,” a second trader said. “I wouldn't see any...

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Alice Mason

Karen Ng

Michael Roh

Renato Rostás

April 09, 2020

21:07 GMT

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