Meanwhile, copper prices continued their recent run of strength, albeit at a slower pace, after trading activity thinned and investors looked to take profits at these elevated levels.
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US scrap exporters are enjoying short-term relief from the restart of China’s North American customs inspections division, but longer-term fears are emerging about stricter guidelines complicating future shipments and trade with that nation.
Leading Chinese stainless steel mills last week issued higher ferro-chrome tender prices for June, which lent support to the prices for UG2 chrome ore and ferro-chrome.
The US aluminium billet upcharge has remained steady at its all-time high this week, with market participants confirming continued difficulty in obtaining spot material.
A global meeting of senior aluminium executives has heard calls for a multilateral solution for the problem of overcapacity. The goal would be integrating China and its state-owned enterprises into the world trading system in a way that is acceptable to major market economy regulators.
Canada's minister of international trade told world aluminium sector leaders on Monday that he deplored the United States' imposition of duties against imports of Canadian metal, branding it “deeply troubling and unacceptable.”
And finally, be sure to check out the six key takeaways from Metal Bulletin’s Sixth International Nickel Conference in Toronto, Canada, on May 31 and June 1.