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China’s refined copper imports off in March

Keywords: Tags  China imports, copper, copper concentrates, refined copper, copper exports

SHANGHAI — China’s net imports of refined copper fell to the year’s lowest level in March while those of concentrates increased, according to Chinese customs data released April 22.

Refined copper imports totaled 218,823 tonnes last month, down 1.8 percent from February and 36.7 percent below March 2012 levels.

Exports of refined copper stood at 60,642 tonnes in March, up 57.2 percent month on month and more than double the year-ago level.

Imports of copper concentrates totaled 777,838 tonnes last month, up 14.2 percent month on month and 41.2 percent higher year on year.

China, the world’s largest copper consumer, is experiencing what some analysts have called "a rotation in the composition" of copper imports.

A version of this article was first published by AMM sister publication Metal Bulletin.

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