December 2020

Container lines slash free days, raise cancellation fees to increase misery for traders

An acute shortage of containers and new rule changes by container lines have combined over the past week to again raise containerized shipping costs for commodity market participants.

Brazil's alumina exports climb 2.4% in November on Alunorte recovery

Brazil exported 602,395 tonnes of alumina in November, a 2.4% year-on-year increase from 588,215 tonnes, according to data from the country’s ministry of economy published on Friday December 4.

CHINA ALUMINIUM INGOT ADC 12 SNAPSHOT: Soaring Al futures provide support; supply remains tight

Key data from Fastmarkets’ pricing session in China on Wednesday December 2.

European scrap metal supply still lags pre-Covid levels; high-volume model to fade out

With European scrap metal supply still falling short of pre-Covid-19 levels, the "high-volume, low-margins" model adopted by giant recyclers could be out-of-date, industry executives said.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: 5 key stories from December 1

Here are five Fastmarkets stories you might have missed on Tuesday December 1 that are worth another look.