China Iron Ore Port Data April 2022

Chinese iron ore imports down 1.4%, coal up 43% month-on-month for April

China imported just over 86 million tonnes of iron ore for the April 2022 period, with volume declining by 1.4% month-on-month according to data released by the country’s General Administration of Customs.

Total month-on-month spend was up by almost 7% to just over $11.5 billion US dollars on firm prices.

Year-on-year figures saw volume decline by 12.7%, while spend dropped by over 28%.

Copper ore and concentrates

Chinese imports of copper ore and concentrates dropped by 13.7% during April, with year-on-year volume down by just under 2%.

Spend for the month was down by 9.3% compared to March.

Coal and lignite

April coal and lignite increased by over 43% from the previous month to 23.5 million tonnes, despite spend increasing by nearly 60%.

Rare Earths

China purchased 11,746.1 tonnes of rare earths during April for a total of USD $148.2 million.

Australian exports to China

Total Australian exports to China amounted to $10.98 billion US dollars for April, representing a trade surplus of $5.34 billion dollars.

The figure represented a decline from $11.17 billion US dollars during the previous month.

Written By Jonathan Norris
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