TOKYO Aug 28 Top aluminium producers have
offered Japanese buyers a premium of $250 per tonne for
October-December primary metal shipments, flat from the previous
quarter, three sources involved in quarterly pricing talks said
Japan is Asia's biggest importer of the metal and the fee
sets the benchmark for the region.
For the July-September quarter, Japanese buyers agreed to
pay an average premium of around $250 per tonne
over the London Metal Exchange cash price.
The latest quarterly pricing negotiations began this week
between Japanese buyers and miners including Rio Tinto Ltd
, Alcoa Inc and BHP Billiton
, and are expected to continue to next month.