China Iron Ore Imports December 2021

Chinese iron ore imports log 18% month-on-month decline for December

China imported 86 million tonnes of iron ore for the month of December 2021, decreasing by 18% on the previous month according to data released by the country’s General Administration of Customs.

Total spend for the metal was down 26.5% to just over $8.8 billion US dollars on softening prices.

December also saw a decline in spend of just over 24.8% over the previous year, with volume dropping by 11%.

Copper ore and concentrates

Chinese imports of copper ore and concentrates declined by almost 6% in December to 2.06 million tonnes, with spend decreasing by 3.4%.

Year-on-year volume for the base metal was up by 9.3%, accompanied by a sizeable 46.8% increase in spend compared to December 2020 on continuing strong prices.

Coal and lignite

December coal and lignite imports declined by 11.7% from November to 30.95 million tonnes, with spend also dropping by 9.4%.

Year-on-year tonnage slid by 20.8% despite spend increasing by 173% compared to December 2020.

Australian exports to China

Total Australian exports to China amounted to 11.37 billion US dollars in December, representing a trade surplus of just under 4.55 billion dollars.

The figure decreased from 13.07 billion dollars in November, but did achieve a 19.5% year-on-year increase from 9.51 billion dollars in December 2020.

Written By Jonathan Norris
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