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BHP in Talks to Delay Copper Shipments to China Due to Virus

  • Suppliers are working to give buyers in China flexibility
  • Miners in Chile are already in talks to defer cargoes
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BHP Group Ltd., the world’s top miner, is in talks with Chinese customers to delay shipments of copper concentrates as the nation extended plant shutdowns to combat the spread of the coronavirus, according to people familiar with the matter.

Suppliers are considering giving buyers in China flexibility on deliveries to discourage them from declaring force majeure, offering them a way out of contractual obligations, said the people, asking not to be identified because the information isn’t public.