imported 4,220 tonnes of refined in November, the highest monthly total since April 2009. Half of the imports were from , which is believed to be reflect shipments from warehouses there. The total imports have arrived at 18,951 tonnes in the first eleven months of 2011, up by 25% year-on-year. Imports have surged to 13,425 tonnes in the four months from August to November, when the Chinese domestic market price was at a big premium to the LME. However, the large imports and number of importers brought strong downward pressure on domestic prices, which have fallen close to 15% since October and reduced incentives for arbitrage business.

China imported 3,607 tonnes (gross weight) of tin ores and concentrates in November, up by 54% y-o-y. The imports are mainly from and . The total imports in January-November were 24,241 tonnes, up by 40% compared to the same period of 2010.