South ’s Public Procurement Service () made its first purchase this year on 15 March, buying 200 tonnes of standard grade low lead metal by tender from Daewoo International at a c.i.f. premium to the price of $494. This is the first time that the agency has held a tender since November 2015.

Total purchases in 2015 amounted to 2,000 tonnes, a similar volume to recent previous years. The PPS is a state organisation providing a purchasing and stockpiling service for small and medium sized enterprises in Korea, and maintains a tin stockpile of around 3,000 tonnes.