Global Tin Giant Urges Government to Start Stockpiling Program
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February 20 2019

Commentary by Eoin Treacy

Global Tin Giant Urges Government to Start Stockpiling Program

This article by Eko Listiyorini and Yoga Rusmana for Bloomberg may be of interest to subscribers. Here is a section:

“Indonesia wants exports to be more properly managed, if there’s an excess supply it’s better to set them aside as state reserves,” Jabin Sufianto, secretary-general of the Association of Indonesian Tin Exporters, said in an interview in Jakarta on Monday. “We currently export 100 percent of production, which means that we accept spot prices even if prices are bad.”

Southeast Asia’s largest economy has tried repeatedly in recent years to shore up prices of the metal used in electronics and tins by curbing production and sales, as well as making it mandatory for exporters to trade the commodity on a local exchange before shipment. Exports must also be inspected by government-appointed surveyors to check the quality and origin of ore used.

The plan from the association for a stockpiling program comes at a time of rising prices and predictions for a run of global deficits. It’s also been made just ahead of a presidential election in which resource nationalism is expected to feature as an issue in the campaigns. The trade minister will review the proposal and “there’s still a lot of discussion,” according to Jabin.

 

Eoin Treacy's view

Producers don’t generally campaign so hard for market controls and supports unless their profitability is in danger. 

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