China Iron Ore Imports July 2022

Chinese iron ore imports log modest 2.6% gain during July 2022

China imported 91.2 million tonnes of iron ore for the month of July 2022, up 2.6% on the previous month according to data released by the country’s General Administration of Customs.

Total spend for the metal was down 4% to over $11.5 billion US dollars on softening prices.

July also saw a decline in spend of just over 35.6% from the previous year, despite volume rising by 3.1%.

Copper ore and concentrates

Chinese imports of copper ore and concentrates decined by 7.8% in July to 1.9 million tonnes, with spend also declining by just over 13%.

Year-on-year volume for the base metal was relatively flat, up by just 0.6%, despite spend decreasing by 7.3%.

Coal and lignite

July coal and lignite imports increased by nearly 24% from June to 23.5 million tonnes, with spend also increasing by 24.4%.

Year-on-year figures saw a 22% drop in tonnage despite spend increasing by nearly 30% compared to July 2021.

Rare Earths

Rare earth imports declined by 10.9% month-on-month during July, with spend increasing by 22.2%.

Australian exports to China

Total Australian exports to China amounted to 14 billion US dollars in July, representing a trade surplus of just over 6.8 billion dollars.

The figure increased from 12.5 billion dollars in June, despite representing an 8% year-on-year decline from July 2021.

Written By Jonathan Norris
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