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Report: Switzerland imports Russian gold for first time since Feb

MOSCOW, Jun 21 (PRIME) Switzerland imported gold from Russia for the first time since the special operation in Ukraine, showing the industrys stance toward the nations precious metals may be softening, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday.

More than 3 tonnes of gold was shipped to Switzerland from Russia in May, according to data from the Swiss Federal Customs Administration. Thats the first shipment between the countries since February.

The shipments represent about 2% of gold imports into the key refining hub last month. It may also mark a change in perception of Russian bullion, which became taboo following the special operation. Most refiners swore off accepting new gold from Russia after the London Bullion Market Association removed the countrys own fabricators from its accredited list.

While that was viewed as a de facto ban on fresh Russian gold from the London market, one of the worlds biggest, the rules dont prohibit Russian metal from being processed by other refiners. Switzerland is home to four major gold refineries, which together handle two-thirds of the worlds gold.

Almost all of the gold was registered by customs as being for refining or other processing, indicating one of the countrys refineries took it. The four largest -- MKS PAMP SA, Metalor Technologies SA, Argor-Heraeus SA and Valcambi SA -- said they did not take the metal.

In March, at least two major gold refineries refused to remelt Russian bars even though market rules permit them to do so. Others, such Argor-Heraeus, said they would accept products refined in Russia prior to 2022, so long as there were documents proving that doing so would not financially benefit a Russian person or entity.

Some buyers remain wary of Russian precious metals, including bars minted prior to the war which are still tradeable in western markets. In palladium, its created a persistent dislocation between spot prices in London and futures in New York, due to the greater risk of receiving ingots from Russia in the latter.

Switzerland has been importing small quantities of palladium from Russia -- the worlds biggest miner of the metal -- since April.

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21.06.2022 14:22
 
 
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