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Brazilian copper exports rise; other metal shipments log drop

Keywords: Tags  Brazil, copper, ferromanganese, aluminum, alumina, copper ore, copper cathode, ferrosilicon ferrocolumbium

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 China.

However, refined copper wire exports dipped 2.9 percent year on year to 1,917 tonnes, the ministry reported.

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 2012.

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 Bulletin.

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