SÃO PAULO Brazils exports of manganese ore fell sharply in June while nickel shipments increased, according to the countrys trade ministry.
Manganese ore exports totaled 168,160 tonnes in June, down 46 percent from 311,587 tonnes in the same month last year on decreased sales to China and Ukraine. The total was also down from 255,193 tonnes in May.
China took in 80,000 tonnes in June, down from 168,923 tonnes a year ago. Ukraine, another major buyer, reported no transactions last month compared with 39,991 tonnes in June 2012.
Nickel exports increased 51.1 percent year on year to 4,051 tonnes on increased matte shipments from 2,681 tonnes in June 2012. Nickel matte exports rose to 2,487 tonnes in June from 1,005 tonnes a year ago. Nickel alloy bars shipments reached 58 tonnes in June vs. 56 tonnes a year earlier.
Brazils ferroalloys exports fell 7.5 percent year on year in June on reduced sales of ferronickel and ferrosilicon.
The country exported 26,582 tonnes in the month, down from 28,739 tonnes in June last year.
Ferrocolumbium (ferroniobium) exports totaled 6,245 tonnes, up 21.9 percent compared with June 2012.
Ferronickel exports in June totaled 2,459 tonnes, down 66.4 percent year on year.
Ferrosilicomanganese exports more than doubled in June to 3,901 tonnes from 1,413 tonnes a year ago. The increase was driven by increased regional trade.
A version of this article was first published in AMM sister publication Metal Bulletin.