Rising tenders send China’s ferro-chrome prices to multi-year highs

Ferro-chrome prices in China’s domestic and import markets soared again in the week to Tuesday January 26, due to restricted production in the north of the country and a leap in tender values.

On January 21, Taiyuan Iron & Steel (Tisco) set its tender price for February-delivery high-carbon ferro-chrome at 8,000 yuan ($1,235) per tonne, up by 2,200 yuan per tonne (38%) from 5,800 yuan per tonne offered for January.
Subsequently, Tsingshan and Baosteel also raised their February tender prices by a similar amount.
In response, Fastmarkets’ price assessment for ferro-chrome, contract, 6-8% C, basis 50% Cr, ddp China, jumped to 8,000-8,200 yuan per tonne on Tuesday, a rise of 2,200 yuan per tonne (37.3%) from 5,800-6,000 yuan per tonne on January 19 and its highest level since September 2017.
The rise in tender values immediately boosted market sentiment, and domestic spot prices shot up for the fourth consecutive week to reach a three-and-a-half-year high.

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Jon Stibbs

Siyi Liu

January 27, 2021

15:03 GMT

London, Shanghai