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[SMM Analysis] the seventh batch of scrap copper approval documents announced that the support of scrap copper to refined copper consumption is expected to weaken.
May 19,2020 17:11CST
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Import quota for the seventh batch of scrap copper and aluminum in 2020 announced

SMM5 on May 19th: the solid waste Center announced the details of the seventh batch of applications for import restrictions in 2020 (see table below). A total of 14 copper-related enterprises were approved this time, with a total import volume of 10423 tons. Compared with the previous batches, the approval distribution accords with the rhythm of more approvals and then less approvals each quarter.

Copper scrap

The first seven batches of approval this year totaled 540200 physical tons of scrap copper. According to customs data, the import volume of scrap copper from January to April was 305700 physical tons, and it can be roughly estimated that the remaining 200000 tons of scrap copper has not yet been used, while the import of scrap copper in April is only 80, 000 physical tons, which is a low level. even if the overseas scrap copper supply gradually resumes will improve the scrap copper import, but the remaining batch volume can meet the market demand at least before July, and maintain the expectation that the current approval volume is still sufficient. In addition, there are still great doubts in the market whether the standards of "recycled copper raw materials" and "recycled brass raw materials" can be implemented on July 1 as scheduled. Due to the impact of the epidemic, waste enterprises have not received the relevant implementation arrangements so far. We need to pay close attention to the following policy updates and their impact on the import of waste copper.

According to SMM statistics, a total of 237688 metal tons of scrap copper were imported from January to April, down 44.15% from the same period last year, or about 187890 metal tons. The huge scrap copper gap supports refined copper consumption obviously, but with the recovery of copper prices, the domestic scrap copper supply is gradually flowing out, and imported scrap copper is also expected to increase, and the supporting effect of scrap copper on refined copper consumption will be weaker.

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