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%.
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.