China iron ore imports

China iron ore import volume slides by over 14% year-on-year during March

China imported just over 87 million tonnes of iron ore for the March 2022 period, with volume declining by 14.5% from the same period the previous year according to data released by the country’s General Administration of Customs.

Total year-on-year spend was down by almost 34% to just over $10.8 billion US dollars as prices retreated from record 2021 highs.

Copper ore and concentrates

Chinese imports of copper ore and concentrates were relatively flat for March, increasing by 0.6% year-on-year, hitting 2.18 million tonnes.

Spend for the month was up by 15%, thanks to stronger prices for the metal.

Coal and lignite

March coal and lignite imports dropped by 40% from the previous year to 16.4 million tonnes, despite spend increasing by 6.7%.

Rare Earths

China purchased 13,501.4 tonnes of rare earths during March for a total of USD $153.5 million.

Australian exports to China

Total Australian exports to China amounted to 11.17 billion US dollars for March, representing a trade surplus of just under 5.3 billion dollars.

The figure represented a declined from 13.16 billion dollars during the same period in 2021.

Written By Jonathan Norris
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