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China’s Bauxite and Nickel Ore Imports by Source

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Chinese imports of Guinean bauxite rose by 1.8 Mt year-on-year to 2.7 Mt in July, accounting for 44% of the country’s total imports, an all-time high, customs data show. There were also increases in shipments from Malaysia (+0.5 Mt to 0.7 Mt) and India (+0.2 Mt to 0.2 Mt).

 

Meanwhile, Chinese imports of Indonesian nickel ore climbed to the highest level in over three years in July although, at 0.2 Mt, remained a fraction of the levels seen before Indonesia placed restrictions on the export of unprocessed mineral ores in January 2014. At 3.3 Mt, Chinese imports of nickel ore from the Philippines in July were up slightly year-on-year.