Freight rate volatility impacts minerals trading

By Davide Ghilotti
Published: Monday, 05 December 2016

Minerals trading has been increasingly impacted by volatility in freight rates and tight availability of cargo over the last few months against a situation of flatness in raw material prices.

Sale prices of mineral commodities including alumina, bauxite and graphite have been particularly affected by volatility in freight rates and delivery conditions as prices of the materials have remained stable, central European traders told IM.

Against a scenario of prolonged flatness in mineral prices, buyers of the materials had to...

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