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Japan behind slip in China's ferrous scrap imports

Keywords: Tags  ferrous scrap, China imports, scrap imports, China customs

SHANGHAI — China’s ferrous scrap imports dipped slightly in January from the previous month but still remained above a year earlier.

Ferrous scrap imports totaled 489,919 tonnes last month, down 0.8 percent from 493,763 tonnes in December but 16.4 percent above the January 2011 total, China customs data show.

Imports from Japan, the largest supplier, fell 36.7 percent to 262,724 tonnes from 415,290 tonnes in December, while intake from the United States and Australia surged.

Shipments from the United States increased more than fivefold to 78,960 tonnes from 15,170 tonnes in December (, Jan. 23) and those from Australia jumped to 83,313 tonnes.

A version of this article was first published by AMM sister publication Steel First.

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