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iron ore reference prices

TSI publishes 5 daily iron ore reference prices for Chinese Imports of iron ore fines.

TSI's iron ore reference prices are used by industrial companies and financial organisations around the world. Renowned for its robust methodology, based on spot market transaction data, TSI is an established supplier of industry benchmarks. Join other market participants just like yourself and see what our iron ore service can do for you!
Here is what is included in your free trial:

  • 5 daily iron ore reference prices for Chinese imports of iron ore fines (see below for full specifications)
  • Daily email report to your inbox at index publication time containing the latest iron ore prices, market commentary, price histories, freight rates, port stocks, port congestion data and forward curve prices
  • TSI Monthly Iron Ore Review which looks back at supply/demand dynamics and pricing in the physical and derivatives markets over the previous month and considers the prospects for the month ahead
  • Access to TSI's online Price Analyzer tool: facility to compare up to 4 price series on the same graph and switch between selected currencies and volume units over time periods of your choice

Daily iron ore document

TSI: the index of choice

Physical Markets

After the collapse of the annual fixed-price 'benchmark' mechanism in 2010, TSI's iron ore index is widely used in index-linked pricing arrangements between miners, traders and steel producers. For more information please contact TSI Senior Analyst, Oscar Tarneberg o.tarneberg@thesteelindex.com or TSI Iron Ore Analyst, Julie Jiang j.jiang@thesteelindex.com.

Financial markets

Iron ore futures and Over-The-Counter (OTC) swaps and options contracts trading around the world settle against TSI's benchmark iron ore prices. Singapore Exchange (SGX), CME Group, LCH.Clearnet, NOS Clearing and the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) all clear TSI-based iron ore contracts.

Iron Ore Products and Price Specifications - China Imports

Iron ore fines 62% Fe - CFR Tianjin Port (China) [+]
Iron ore fines 58% Fe (low alumina) - CFR Qingdao Port (China) [+]
Iron ore fines 62% Fe (low alumina) - CFR Qingdao Port (China) [+]
Iron ore fines 63.5/63% Fe - CFR Qingdao Port (China) [+]
Iron ore fines 65% Fe - CFR Qingdao Port (China) [+]


If you import or export iron ore fines to China, you may be eligible to contribute as a Data Provider, which provides a number of benefits. Click here for more information.

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