(MB) Base metals prices were on divergent paths during Asian morning trading on Thursday, with copper prices leading on the upside, while nickel was the weakest of the complex following its recent run of strength. Out-of-pocket costs associated with China’s new stricter pre-shipment inspections could add hundreds of dollars to the process and become a logistical nightmare for recyclers in the United States. Indium and gallium prices in Europe fell 3.4% in Metal Bulletin’s mid-week assessment, while the quotation for manganese flake rose by 2.1%.  Wider availability of scrap and lower raw material costs have caused Chinese aluminium ingot ADC 12 export prices to ease this past week.  Trevor Spanner, chief information officer and group risk officer at Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing (HKEX) Group will leave his position at the end of 2018. Lead smelters in China’s Henan province, home to one third of the country’s lead output, plan to cut their production by over 30% during a month-long environment inspection in June, sources sold Metal Bulletin. The duty-free aluminium import arbitrage between the US and Asia remains wide, with 232 tariff concerns and the sanctions on producer Rusal continuing to support the US Midwest premium.

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