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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Chinese Steel Mills Receive Rio Tinto Price Offer

Price Is Double 2009 Benchmark

Rio Tinto has delivered its official iron ore price offer for the second quarter of this year to Chinese steel mills. According to sources within the Chinese steel industry, the offer was received on Friday.

The free-on-board price for fine ore with grade of 63.5 per cent was about $US123 per tonne and around $US138 per tonne for lump ore. With ocean freight added on, the price is around $US135 per tonne – around double the 2009 benchmark price agreed with Japanese and Korean steelmakers.

The China Iron & Steel Association admitted last month that the country's mills and the large iron ore miners had reached private price deals on iron ore supply, even as negotiations continued.

The offer means the end of the annual benchmark system and a move to quarterly pricing.

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