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China’s Imports of Bauxite and Nickel Ore Rise

Minor Bulks

Chinese bauxite imports climbed to a 16-month high of 5.6 Mt in April, up by 1.2 Mt year-on-year, as shipments from Guinea surged to a record 2.3 Mt, customs data show. At 7.2 Mt, Chinese imports of bauxite from Guinea in January-April were up by 4.6 Mt on the same period last year. There was also strong annual growth in China’s nickel ore imports in April, up by 0.7 Mt to 2.0 Mt, as shipments from the Philippines climbed to a five-month high of 1.7 Mt.