Fastmarkets proposes to change the frequency of its price assessment for MB-ZN-0110 zinc spot concentrate TC, cif China, $/tonne to bi-monthly from once per month presently because our informal market consultation suggests increasing the frequency of the assessment would allow Fastmarkets to better reflect an increasingly volatile and active market.

The current price specifications are as follows:
Price identifier code: MB-ZN-0110
Quality: 45-55% zinc content, low silver (0-170g/t), silica 3.5-4.5%, copper below 3% (high copper 4-5%), lead below 3.5% (total copper, lead, silica at max 6-7%), arsenic below 0.6%, cadmium below 0.33% and mercury below 0.06%
Quantity: Min 2,000 tonnes
Location: cif Chinese ports
Timing: Within 13 weeks
Unit: USD/tonne
Payment terms: Letter of credit, quotation period M+3
Publication: Monthly. Last Friday of every month.

The proposed amended price specifications are as follows, with changes highlighted in bold:
Price identifier code: MB-ZN-0110
Quality: 45-55% zinc content, low silver (0-170g/t), silica 3.5-4.5%, copper below 3% (high copper 4-5%), lead below 3.5% (total copper, lead, silica at max 6-7%), arsenic below 0.6%, cadmium below 0.33% and mercury below 0.06%
Quantity: Min 2,000 tonnes
Location: cif Chinese ports
Timing: Within 13 weeks
Unit: USD/tonne
Payment terms: Letter of credit, quotation period M+3
Publication: Bi-monthly. Second and last Fridays of the month.

Fastmarkets has captured an increasing amount of market activity - deals, bids and offers - while continuing supply disruptions from South America widen the gap between the spot TC assessments and the 2020 benchmark TC, which established at a 12-year high of $299.75 per tonne in March this year.

Fastmarkets’ assessment of zinc spot concentrate TCs began 2020 at $285-310 per tonne and maintained a high of $280-315 per tonne in February, but started falling from March amid lockdowns implemented to contain the spread of Covid-19 and tightening supply.

The increased frequency will also look to capture the heightened volatility that the zinc concentrate market has had for the past three years.

The consultation period for this proposed amendment starts from Friday November 6 and will end on December 7. The amendment will then take place, subject to market feedback, on December 10.

To provide feedback on this assessment or if you would like to provide price information by becoming a data submitter to this assessment, please contact Rijuta Dey Bera by email at pricing@fastmarkets.com. Please add the subject heading: FAO: Rijuta Dey Bera re: Zinc spot concentrate TC.

To see all Fastmarkets’ pricing methodology and specification documents go to www.fastmarkets.com/about-us/methodology.