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China base metal imports mixed

Keywords: Tags  China imports, copper scrap, aluminum, base metals, copper ore, nickel, refined nickel, alumina

SHANGHAI — China’s copper scrap imports rose 9.4 percent month on month to a yearly high of 382,152 tonnes in August while base metal imports were mixed, according to China’s latest customs data.

Shipments of copper ore and concentrate fell 19.8 percent to 752,421 tonnes, while refined copper imports slid 9.9 percent to 262,924 tonnes.

Aluminum imports climbed 62.2 percent vs. July to 33,380 tonnes, the highest level since October 2012, while secondary aluminum shipments rose 13.9 percent to 237,706 tonnes, a 12-month high.

China’s refined nickel imports slipped 14.2 percent from July to 14,296 tonnes, while shipments of nickel ore and concentrates fell 19.8 percent to 5.3 million tonnes in the same comparison.

China’s alumina imports tumbled 38.4 percent month on month in August to 144,354 tonnes.

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

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