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China’s imports of coking coal, iron ore gain in September

Keywords: Tags  Chinese imports, coking coal, iron ore, Chinese customs, steelmaking raw materials

SHANGHAI — China’s imports of iron ore and coking coal both rose in September, according to Chinese customs data released Oct. 21.

China imported 74.58 million tonnes of iron ore in September, up 8.1 percent from August and a monthly record.

Arrivals from all of the country’s top three suppliers increased, with Australian-origin ore up 12.5 percent to 39.19 million tonnes, imports from Brazil rising 1.3 percent to 13.77 million tonnes and arrivals from South Africa increasing 5.2 percent to 3.77 million tonnes.

India, which had dropped from China’s top ten list of suppliers for several months, made a comeback in September as imports from the country surged 78.1 percent to 1.35 million tonnes.

The monthly tally also increased 15.1 percent year on year.

Coking coal imports for the month rose 15.3 percent from August to 7.25 million tonnes. The tally was also nearly triple that of a year earlier.

Australia, China’s largest supplier, delivered 2.62 million tonnes of coking coal, up 5.7 percent from August. Arrivals from Mongolia, China’s second-largest supplier, more than doubled to 1.9 million tonnes, and imports from Canada increased 41.3 percent month on month to 1.26 million tonnes.

A version of this article was first published in AMM sister publication Steel First.

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