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Copper rises on supply disruption

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March 15, 2023 (MLN): Copper prices rose in early Asian trade as supply disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic continued to impact the global mining industry.

Analysts at ANZ noted that the recent supply disruptions were revealed by a sharp fall in exports from Peru, one of the world's largest copper producers.

According to data from the country's mining industry chamber and the energy and mines ministry, Peru's January export volumes were 25% lower compared to the same period last year. Additionally, output fell by 0.3%, further highlighting the impact of the supply disruptions on the country's copper production.

As a result of the supply disruptions, the three-month forward LME copper contract rose by 0.4% to $8,865.00 a metric ton in early Asian trade. This price increase is expected to continue as mining companies around the world continue to grapple with the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on their operations.

The rise in copper prices is likely to have implications for various industries, as copper is a crucial component in the production of a wide range of goods, including electrical wiring, plumbing, and electronics. As prices continue to rise, it may lead to increased costs for manufacturers, which could ultimately impact consumer prices.

Overall, the impact of the supply disruptions on copper production highlights the ongoing challenges facing the global mining industry as it seeks to navigate the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the situation continues to evolve, it will be important to closely monitor the supply and demand dynamics of the copper market, as well as any potential impacts on industries that rely on this critical commodity.

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Posted on: 2023-03-15T11:56:46+05:00