Chinese Attempt to Corner Aluminum Market


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Now it is a new source of tension in U.S.-Chinese trade relations. U.S. executives contend that the mysterious cache was part of a brazen scheme by one of China’s richest men to game the global trade system.

Nearly one million metric tons of aluminum sit neatly stacked behind a fortress of barbed-wire fences. The stockpile, worth some $2 billion and representing roughly 6% of the world’s total inventory—enough to churn out 2.2 million Ford F-150s or 77 billion beer cans—quickly became an obsession for the U.S. aluminum industry.

Aluminum-industry representative Jeff Henderson says he is convinced that China Zhongwang Holdings a Chinese aluminum giant controlled by billionaire Liu Zhongtian, tried to evade U.S. tariffs by routing aluminum through Mexico to disguise its origins, a tactic known as transshipping.

Company records, trade documents and legal filings reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, along with interviews of people who have done business with Mr. Liu, raise doubts about his account. They show that hundreds of thousands of tons of aluminum were shipped to Mexico from China through a series of companies, including one owned by Mr. Liu’s son and one by someone who describes himself as a longtime business associate of the Chinese billionaire.

The U.S. Commerce Department says it is investigating the Mexican aluminum’s origin as part of a slew of trade complaints by the U.S. metals industry against China, many of which include allegations of transshipping.

China’s booming industrial production has reordered global markets, few more dramatically than aluminum. Fueled by access to inexpensive electricity and tax breaks (external - login to view), Chinese aluminum output doubled between 2010 and 2015. With local demand slowing, more of it was sent to the U.S. (external - login to view), which was importing 40% of its aluminum by 2015—up from only 14% in 2010.

By the end of 2016, only five aluminum smelters will be operating in the U.S., down from 23 in 2000.

Alcoa, the largest American aluminum maker, is splitting in two, isolating its profitable parts-making units from its troubled raw-aluminum operations. Alcoa Chief Executive Klaus Kleinfeld last year said illegitimate Chinese exports were “the major driver” of lower aluminum prices.

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Chinese Billionaire Linked to Giant Aluminum Stockpile in Mexican Desert - WSJ (external - login to view)
 
Danbones
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Well, they sucked all the scrap al, and cu too, right out of the local landscape
scrap mines are a rare thing in NA these days

hoarding though, makes prices go up
which is what you want if you have a horde

robots are made from al...
likely in mexico?
like so much of the other ex US industries
 
DaSleeper
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Trump's wall should come in handy?
 
Curious Cdn
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Foiled again, eh?
 
lone wolf
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Isn't that how business is conducted in a WalMart marketplace?
 
petros
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LMAO.... I wish them rots of ruck.

Aluminium is the third most abundant element in the Earth's crust (after oxygen and silicon) and its most abundant metal. Aluminium makes up about 8% of the crust by mass, though it is less common in the mantle below.
 
gamerman
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Never accepts the offers from Chinnese companies, Most of them offer very low quality Aluminum and Steel. My personal experience is to keep away from Chineese metallurgy
 
Curious Cdn
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Quote: Originally Posted by gamermanView Post

Never accepts the offers from Chinnese companies, Most of them offer very low quality Aluminum and Steel. My personal experience is to keep away from Chineese metallurgy

... especislly those licorice/lead and zinc/bakolyte alloys that make up dollar store crap.
 
Jinentonix
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Awwww poor Amewica. It's ok when they screw other countries around though.
 
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