Shanghai tin prices jumped on Thursday to their highest in more than two weeks as traders fretted over potential supply issues after China closed a land port with major ore producer Myanmar following the latest coronavirus resurgence.
China, the world’s biggest producer of refined tin, relied on neighboring Myanmar for 94% of its tin concentrate imports in 2019. That slipped to 91.7% in 2020 and was below 82% in January-September due to repeated pandemic-related disruption.
The most-traded December tin contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange jumped as much as 3.7% to 284,520 yuan ($44,514.68) a tonne.
Three-month tin on the London Metal Exchange was up 0.6% at $37,500 a tonne, as of 0238 GMT.
Tin inventories in both LME
LME cash tin has been in premium over the three-month contract
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* Inflation fears pressured Asian stocks and buoyed the dollar after data overnight showed US consumer prices surged at the fastest pace since 1990 last month, boosting the case for faster Federal Reserve policy tightening.
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($1 = 6.3916 yuan) (Reporting by Mai Nguyen in Hanoi; Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)