Supply and stocks 
  • Chrome ore inventories at the main ports of Tianjin, Qinzhou, Lianyungang and Shanghai: 3.12-3.42 million tonnes on February 3, up 2.5% from January 20. 
  • Alloy: A small number of alloy smelters close to Wuhan have halted production, while most producers are operating as normal.
  • Most alloy smelters had already purchased sufficient chrome ore to last until February 8, and expect to replenish from portside stocks for immediate feedstock in the following weeks. 
  • Many stainless steel mills have reported increasing demand for ferro-chrome because road transport disruption is limited access to normal supplies.
Logistics since outbreak began 
  • Port to smelters: Logistics between Tianjin port and Inner Mongolia said to be running smoothly for chrome ore, so delivery not affected as much as for manganese. 
  • Smelters to mills: The delivery of ferro-chrome to mills in different regions have been affected by transport restrictions.
  • Inland mills likely to worst-affected but suppliers hope to continue to serve coastal customers.
Price since outbreak began 
See also - Coronavirus impact on key parts of the steel supply chain:
Iron ore
Coking coal
Manganese ores and alloys