iron ore imports rose in March but coking coal and ferrous
scrap imports dropped, according to Chinese customs data
released April 22.
China imported 64.55 million
tonnes of iron ore in March, up 14.4 percent from February.
Shipments from Australia, Chinas largest overseas
supplier, jumped 27.5 percent from the previous month to 32.17
million tonnes, but arrivals from Brazil and South
Africathe second- and third-largest suppliers,
The countrys coking coal
imports fell 14 percent in a bearish market to 4.6 million
tonnes from 5.4 million tonnes in February, when the country
took a weeklong national holiday for the Chinese New Year.
The low-volatility hard coking
coal index of AMM sister publication Metal
Bulletin fell 6.8 percent to $168.07 per tonne c.f.r.
Jingtang March 29 from $180.32 per tonne at the beginning of
China imported 379,641 tonnes of
ferrous scrap in March, down 6.6 percent from the previous
month. Shipments from Japan increased 6.9 percent to 267,486
tonnes, but imports from the United Statesits
second-largest overseas supplierfell 48.8 percent to
Staff in Singapore contributed to this article.
A version of this article was first published by AMM sister
publication Steel First.