Imports of refined lead in the first five months of 2013
recorded an 80.7-percent increase over 2012 figures, according
to the most recent data from the U.S. Geological Survey
Imports of lead for
consumption in January to May totaled 244,000 tonnes up from
135,000 tonnes in the same period last year.
The increase was
partially attributed to lead consumers and traders accumulating
stocks in anticipation of the planned closure of Doe Run
Resources Corp.s primary lead smelter and refinery in
Herculaneum, Mo. at yearend, according to the USGS.
Meanwhile, total May
imports of lead for consumption slipped to 37,000 tonnes in May
from 45,000 tonnes in April.
Lead exports in May,
excluding scrap, were down 45 percent from April due to a
decrease in lead contained in ore and concentrate exports.
Exports of spent
lead-acid batteries decreased by 6 percent in May to 2.38
million tonnes compared with 2.53 million tonnes in April but
exports increased by about 10 percent for the first five months
of the year to 10.7 million tonnes compared with 9.64 million
tonnes in the same period of 2012.
Domestic recoverable mine production of lead was up 1
percent in May, but down 2.2 percent for the January-to-May
period. While reported domestic lead consumption remained
unchanged from April to May (114,000 tonnes), it decreased 6.3
percent for the year-to-date period (585,000 tonnes from