Official statistics from Bolivian Ministry of Minerals and Metals reveal that while drought and delayed investment have impacted mined tin output, which fell 13.3% year-on-year to 17,460 tonnes in 2016, production rose 8.7% to 16,810 tonnes over the same period as more material was processed in-country.

The data reveals that tin mine output by state companies fell by 16.5% to 10,692 tonnes and from co-operatives fell by 20.1% to 2,579 tonnes in 2016, while production from private mines rose by 2.1% to 4,190 tonnes. Officially reported refined tin production by the state-owned tin , , rose 8.2% to 13,032 tonnes in 2016, with the remainder produced by the private smelter, OMSA.  

Total were reported as 16,675 tonnes of refined tin and 469 tonnes of tin concentrate (gross weight). In 2016, the remained the top destination for Bolivian tin exports with shipments totalling 8,253 tonnes, with second at 4,255 tonnes and the EU third at 2,872 tonnes.

View: Falling co-operative production in the La Paz department and lower production by the state-owned tin mine near Oruro are mostly responsible for the lower production total, with output affected by ’s worst drought in 25 years. The impact has been compounded at Huanuni by ongoing reliance and underinvestment in Huanuni’s ageing Santa Elena ore dressing plant. Production may well see a short-term in 2017, but medium-term prospects for Bolivian tin production will largely depend on successful implementation of maintenance and expansion projects at Bolivia’s state-owned mine operations.-