SHANGHAI, Dec 30 (SMM) – China’s imports of bauxite rose in November, after declining for three consecutive months, showed data from China customs.
China imported 7.21 million mt of bauxite (under HS code 26060000) last month, up 11.38% from a month ago but down 10.9% from a year ago.
Imports in the first 11 months of 2019 amounted to 91.84 million mt, up 21.9% from the same period last year.
In November, Australia, the Republic of Guinea and Indonesia remained the top three bauxite exporters to China, with their combined volume accounting for 92.03% of the total.
Australian cargoes took up 3.28 million mt, while 1.86 million mt originated from Guinea and 1.5 million mt came from Indonesia.
Imports from Guinea rose 11.98% last month, as shipments recovered from the rainy season, while volumes from Indonesia jumped 39.45%.
For the same month, China imported 295,200 mt of bauxite from Brazil, 124,500 mt from Turkey, 86,800 mt from the Republic of Montenegro, 55,400 mt from Solomon Islands, and 13,100 mt from Jamaica.
Update: The story was updated to show bauxite imports in January to November and changes in imports from Guinea and Indonesia, and added a chart.