Tin Prices Surge to Six-Month High Amid Supply Threats

Tin prices have experienced a remarkable surge, reaching their highest point in six months. The three-month price of tin rose by a staggering 11% in just over a week, catapulting to $27,500. This surge in prices is indicative of a significant shift in the market dynamics, particularly concerning tin speculative activities.

According to the International Tin Association (ITA), the recent price rally is “accompanied by a notable lengthening in the tin speculative market.” Notably, this market exited a net short position in January for the first time since early October.

Tom Langston, Senior Market Intelligence Analyst at ITA, highlighted the tightening fundamentals contributing to this price surge. He pointed out that the persistent Wa ban and export delays in Indonesia are key factors driving the market dynamics.

Langston remarked, “Almost no tin (0.4 t) has been exported from Indonesia so far this year.” He also noted the significance of Indonesia’s political landscape, particularly with the presidential election. Prabowo Subianto, the expected winner of the presidential election, has committed to continuing his predecessor’s resource nationalization policies, including those related to tin.

The situation in Indonesia, a key tin-producing nation, has been tumultuous. Delays in the approval of annual work plans for mines have significantly disrupted exports. In January, Indonesia nearly halted its tin exports, a stark contrast to the 6,000 tons of foreign sales recorded in the previous month.

Meanwhile, Myanmar, the world’s third-largest tin producer, has also faced uncertainties in production. The authorization of partial mining activities in the Wa State, following a ban implemented in August 2023, has provided some relief. However, the lack of optimistic updates has tempered expectations for a swift recovery in tin production, especially after the Chinese New Year.

Myanmar plays a pivotal role in global tin supply chains, responsible for 70% of output from the country. It serves as a primary supplier for China, the world’s leading consumer of tin. Thus, any disruptions in Myanmar’s tin production could reverberate across global markets, exacerbating supply concerns.

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