Date: Aug 17, 2018

American Metal Market is proposing to launch a weekly assessment of a US cost insurance and freight (cif) premium for aluminium shipped into the port of Baltimore.

American Metal Market is proposing to launch a weekly assessment of a US cost insurance and freight (cif) premium for aluminium shipped into the port of Baltimore.

Following a consultation with market participants regarding a proposal to launch a duty-unpaid (DUP) premium assessment for the US Midwest, American Metal Market has learned that the infrequency of DUP transactions makes such an assessment untenable.

However, market participants say that there is a need for a cif premium assessment in the US market. Trader sources in particular use cif premiums when negotiating business with other traders for imported material prior to duties being assessed on the shipment. The traders buying the metal on a cif basis then often parse the purchase into smaller lots, usually sold to consumers on a US Midwest duty-paid basis.

Any cif transactions concluded in different East and Gulf Coast locations would be normalized to Baltimore under American Metal Market’s proposal.

Pending feedback, the cif premium would be assessed once per week, on Tuesdays.

American Metal Market will continue to publish assessments for the US Midwest aluminium P1020 premium on a duty-paid basis twice per week (Tuesdays and Fridays), but would rename it to denote that it is “duty-paid.” The new name would be “aluminium P1020 duty-paid premium delivered Midwest cents/lb” or “aluminium P1020 Midwest duty-paid premium.”

In addition to a cif premium, American Metal Market is proposing to launch a daily calculation of an all-in, or free-market, aluminium price, which comprises the London Metal Exchange (LME) cash aluminium PM bid price plus the cif Baltimore premium.

This consultation will close on Monday September 7. Based on feedback collected during the consultation period, the above-mentioned assessments would take effect on Tuesday September 11.

Below are the specifications for the new prices proposed by American Metal Market:

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