SÃO PAULO Brazil
exported significantly more copper ore and copper cathode in
April than it did in the same month in 2012, but its shipments
of aluminum, alumina, bauxite and most ferroalloys declined,
according the Brazilian trade ministry.
Brazil saw shipments of copper
ore rise to 86,491 tonnes in April, up 77.5 percent year on
year thanks to an increase in shipments to Germany and India.
Meanwhile, copper cathode exports rose sevenfold in the same
time frame, led by a dramatic increase in shipments to
However, refined copper wire
exports dipped 2.9 percent year on year to 1,917 tonnes, the
Meanwhile, Brazil saw exports of
aluminum, alumina and bauxite fall year over year in April.
Aluminum exports dropped 1.5 percent year on year to 42,509
tonnes, with Japan and Switzerland cutting their purchases of
the light metal, while alumina exports fell 10 percent year on
year on reduced shipments to Iceland and Argentina.
Brazilian bauxite exports
decreased 42 percent to 484,972 tonnes in April from 837,009
tonnes in the year-ago period due to lower volumes to North
America and Europe.
Brazil saw nickel exports fall
1.6 percent year on year to 4,167 tonnes in April. Exports of
nickel mattes stayed essentially flat year on year at 2,585
tonnes, while nickel cathode reached 1,432 tonnes compared with
1,014 tonnes in April 2012. Shipments of nickel alloys (bars)
reached 78 tonnes last month, down from 80 tonnes in April
Brazilian ferroalloys exports
fell to 30,355 tonnes in April, down 28.9 percent from 42,706
tonnes a year ago. Japan was the main consumer of Brazilian
ferroalloys in April, followed by the Netherlands, the United
States and China.
Ferronickel exports dropped 50.1
percent year on year in April to 4,745 tonnes, while
ferrosilicon exports totaled 10,685 tonnes in April, down 27.1
percent year on year.
Brazilian ferrocolumbium exports
totaled 4,865 tonnes in April 2013, down 21 percent year on
year, and ferrosilicomanganese exports stood at 5,430 tonnes,
down 16.2 percent from April 2012.
Meanwhile, manganese ore exports
jumped 70.3 percent year on year to 184,211 tonnes in April
from 108,116 in the year-ago period, the ministry reported.
China, which reported no purchases in April 2012, imported
130,878 tonnes from Brazil this year.
A version of this article was first
published in AMM sister publication Metal