Chinese iron ore imports up 5.4% during August 2022

China imported 96.2 million tonnes of iron ore for the month of August 2022, up 5.4% on the previous month according to data released by the country’s General Administration of Customs.

Total spend for the metal was down 6.3% to $10.8 billion US dollars on softening prices.

August also saw a decline in spend of 46.6% from the previous year, despite volume remaining relatively steady.

Copper ore and concentrates

Chinese imports of copper ore and concentrates increased by 19.5% in August to 2.3 million tonnes, with spend also increasing by 7.9%.

Year-on-year volume for the base metal was up by 20.4%, with spend also increasing by 4.7%.

Coal and lignite

August coal and lignite imports increased by over 25% from July to 29.5 million tonnes, with spend also increasing by 8.7%.

Year-on-year figures saw a 5% increase in tonnage, with spend up by 32.1% compared to August 2021.

Rare Earths

Rare earth imports declined by 23.2% month-on-month during August, with spend logging a moderate increase of 2.2%

Australian exports to China

Total Australian exports to China amounted to 12.5 billion US dollars in August, representing a trade surplus of just over 5.4 billion dollars.

The figure decreased from 14 billion dollars in July, and represented a 31% year-on-year decline from August 2021.

Written By Jonathan Norris
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