China imports soared in February

Chinese refined tin imports soared in February to 3,719 tonnes, twelve times higher than a year ago, as well as a 130% growth versus January, according to China Customs data. The large tonnage is believed to include delayed deliveries of substantial volumes of tin...

China mine production still constrained

While some of the larger tin mines in Guangxi province have re-opened recently, smelters in China remain very concerned about raw material supply constraints. Smaller mines in Guangxi are still awaiting permission to re-start, while drought and other environmental...

Guangxi tin mines remain closed

Tin mines in the Hechi city area of Guangxi province, China, remain closed as the authorities investigate cadium poisoning of the Longjiang River. Last week ten people from two local zinc smelters were arrested, Metal Bulletin reported. One of the plants, Guangxi...

China tin imports decline in January

China imported 1,615 tonnes refined tin in January, according to latest China Customs data. This was less than half of December’s level, and the biggest month-on-month decline of all the base metals. The refined tin imported was mainly from Indonesia and...

China raises resource tax on tin and other minerals

China raised the resources tax on six minerals, including iron ore, tin and molybdenum, to help conserve reserves in the world’s second-biggest economy, Bloomberg reported, citing the official China Taxation News service. The increase was effective from February...

Guangxi tin operations closed

Large numbers of metal enterprises, including mines, concentrators and smelters in Hechi city, Guangxi province are closed after Spring Festival as a consequence of cadmium pollution in the Longjiang River. Although the main tin producer in Guangxi, China Tin, still...

China plans consolidation of metals industry as growth slows

The Chinese government’s five year plans for the period 2011-2015 are based on the assumption that growth in metals consumption in China will slow considerably from the very strong rates of the last five years. This should be matched by a slower growth in...

Big fall in December Chinese refined tin production

After strong growth earlier in 2011, Chinese refined tin production in December decreased by 38% year-on-year to 9,056 tonnes according to National Bureau of Statistics data. This was the lowest monthly production figure since February 2009.The NBS provisional annual...

China imports remain high

China imported 4,220 tonnes of refined tin in November, the highest monthly total since April 2009. Half of the imports were from Malaysia, which is believed to be reflect shipments from LME warehouses there. The total imports have arrived at 18,951 tonnes in the...

China refined tin imports soared in October

China imported 3,990 tonnes of refined tin in October, the highest level since April 2009, according to China Customs data. Most of imports were from Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia. The China domestic tin price has remained at a big premium to the LME from August...