JFX launches physical tin contract

The Indonesian-based Jakarta Futures Exchange (JFX) has launched a new physical tin contract, which has been backed by the country’s major producer, PT Timah. The JFX initially aimed to bring a physical tin contract to the market in 2013, but this was delayed,...

Chinese export window closes as ore imports continue decline

China’s import of tin concentrate continued to fall in May relative to last year as mine production in Myanmar continues to decline, while refined tin exports also fell due to a shrinking arbitrage between the Shanghai and London-based metals exchanges. Customs...

China ore imports hit December high

According to the latest customs statistics, China’s tin ore and concentrates imports in December 2017 totalled 45,295 tonnes, 45,020 tonnes of which originated from Myanmar. We estimate that the tin content of shipments from Myanmar in December was 11,300...

China ore imports hit 2017 highs in November

According to the latest customs statistics, China’s tin ores and concentrates imports in November 2017 totalled 30,481 tonnes, with 30,274 tonnes from Myanmar. We estimate that the tin content of ores and concentrates from Myanmar in November was 7,300 tonnes,...

China ore imports strong in September

China imports of tin ores and concentrates from Myanmar totalled 20,818 tonnes (gross weight) in September, according to the latest official customs statistics, with an estimated tin content of 5,000 tonnes, up 9% from August, almost three times higher than September...

Exchanges outline new tin contract developments

Speakers from the Shanghai Futures Exchange (SHFE) and the Indonesian Commodity and Derivatives Exchange (ICDX) both outlined upcoming changes to their respective tin contracts in presentations at ITRI’s 2017 Asia Tin Week in Kunming last week. Dr. Zhang...

China ore imports fall less than expected in June

Imports of tin concentrate by China from Myanmar fell by 34% from May to 22,260 tonnes in June according to the latest China customs statistics, with an estimated tin content of some 5,500 tonnes, down 20%. Estimated Chinese tin ore imports (metal content) from all...

China tin concentrate imports see large May increase

Chinese tin ore and concentrate imports in May totalled 34,077 tonnes in gross weight, up 49% compared to April, but down 16% year-on-year according to the latest official data. Nearly 99% of the reported imports in May were from Myanmar, with tin contained in the...

Future of China’s tin export duty uncertain

China’s 10% duty levied on refined tin exports has not been referenced in the country’s recently released 2017 Exports Commodities Tax Rates Table, leading many experts to conclude that the duty has been scrapped altogether, although no official...