BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s state planner stated on Tuesday it might take measures to stabilise metal and iron ore market, and that it expects development within the nation’s manufacturing facility gate costs to ease within the second half as commodity costs return to taking cues from fundamentals.

Pandemic-driven stimulus measures have pushed up commodity costs just lately, boosting profitability for upstream firms however hurting downstream producers’ efficiency, Jin Xiandong, spokesman for the Nationwide Growth and Reform Fee (NDRC), stated at a web based briefing.

China’s producer worth index (PPI) expanded on the quickest tempo in additional than three years in April, fuelled by a pointy leap in ferrous metals, oil and others.

“Affected by international costs and decrease year-ago bases, PPI development may additional develop in coming few months,” Jin stated.

However PPI is anticipated to chill within the second half with commodity costs “steadily again to the availability and demand fundamentals”, Jin added.

The state planner stated it was working along with the market regulator to look into the metal and iron ore market, the place costs have soared 30-40% in 2021.

Regulators in Shanghai and metal hub Tangshan warned native mills final week towards worth gouging, collusion and irregularities, and stated they’d shut down enterprise at these significantly disrupting market orders.

To make sure iron ore provides, the important thing steelmaking ingredient for which China depends closely on imports, the NDRC stated China would step up home mines exploration and growth of current tasks.

China additionally encourages firms to “actively and prudently” develop abroad iron ore mines whereas increasing import channels, Jin stated.

Benchmark iron ore futures on the Dalian Commodity Alternate jumped 3.4% to 1,232 yuan ($191.69) a tonne on Tuesday morning commerce.

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