SHANGHAI Chinas refined copper imports jumped to 347,305 tonnes in September, up 32.1 percent from the previous month and the highest level since February 2012.
Imports of copper ore and concentrates increased 35.3 percent to an all-time high of 1.02 million tonnes, while copper scrap shipments rose 3.3 percent to a 2013 high of 394,585 tonnes.
Aluminum imports climbed to 53,950 tonnes last month, up 61.6 percent from August and the highest level in more than a year, and alumina volumes shot up 212 percent to 450,717 tonnes, the second-highest level in 2013, but secondary aluminum shipments dipped 1.7 percent to 233,704 tonnes.
Imports of refined lead plunged 95.8 percent to just 5 tonnes in the same month-on-month comparison; lead ore and concentrates slid 9.5 percent to 131,920 tonnes, their lowest level in three months; refined nickel shipments fell 16.3 percent to a three-month low of 11,967 tonnes; and nickel ore imports rose 27 percent to 6.7 million tonnes.
A version of this article was first published by AMM sister publication Metal Bulletin.