Zinc premiums held high in Europe, US; lead buyers unwilling to lock in 2022 tonnages

Spot zinc markets in the West and East are segregated, with multi-year high premiums in Europe and the US, and a weakening premium in China due to low seasonal demand and arbitrage loss.

Shanghai zinc premium drops on import loss
The zinc premium in China fell in the week to November 23, with negative import terms continuing to stifle import interest in a static market.
"Outlook looks grim in northern China for zinc. Galvanizers in Tianjin have been informed to cut production to reduce pollution and pave the way for the Winter Olympics in Beijing," said a zinc smelter source.
The assessment of the zinc SHG min 99.995% ingot premium, in-whs cif Shanghai was $70-80 per tonne on November 23, with the high end dropping from $70-90 per tonne one week before.
The zinc import arbitrage loss was calculated at $206.13 per tonne on November 23, little improved from the loss of $225.28 per tonne one week earlier, on November 16.

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Julian Luk

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Callum Perry

November 24, 2021

13:44 GMT

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