Blister copper RC falls to two-year low on shipment delays, ingot tightness

Spot trading interest in blister copper was unusually high in April with both smelters and traders looking for units to fill a supply gap arising from delayed African shipments, sending the refining charge (RC) to the lowest level in over two years.

Fastmarkets assessed the RC for 98-99% blister copper cif China at $117-132 per tonne on April 30, down from $130-140 per tonne at the end of March. The RC at the midpoint is already lower than the annual benchmark of $128 per tonne agreed between Jiangxi Copper and Chambishi.
The annual charge, agreed in December 2019, is itself the lowest since 2015.

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Published

Julian Luk

May 01, 2020

15:11 GMT

London