Tight tin market encourages Chinese metal exports

China’s trade of refined tin metal shifted into net exports in February, recent customs data shows. Usually, the country augments its significant domestic supply of metal with material from other producers. The majority of the metal typically arrives from...

Drop in Myanmar tin supply compensated by other sources

Chinese imports of tin-in-concentrate fell 14% year-on-year as improved flows from the rest of the world made up for a more significant drop in material from Myanmar. In terms of gross weight, reported in the latest customs data, China imported some 20,500 tonnes over...

China begins search for other sources as Myanmar supply drops again

In August, Myanmar experienced extremely heavy rains, leading to flooding. The high waters constrained mine production in the country, a major source of tin concentrates for smelters in China. The flood waters have still not been cleared, leading to lower shipments...

Rising demand increases China’s appetite for overseas tin

Despite a shrinking arbitrage, official Customs data shows that China imported a large amount of refined tin in July – 2,750 tonnes – a six-fold increase from 2019. Imports year-to-date reached 12,113 tonnes, eleven times higher than the same period last year. As a...

Chinese refined tin imports remain high

With the SHFE-LME arbitrage still wide, China continues to import record amounts of refined tin. The latest China Customs data indicates that the country imported 1,183 tonnes of refined tin in April. While this is level with March’s total, this is up some 773%...

YTC receive permission to carry out processing trade

On April 20th this year, Yunnan Tin Company (YTC), the largest tin-producing company in China, received sole permission from the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China to carry out the processing trade of tin concentrate. The policy, which was...

China tin ore imports rebound in October

Customs figures released last week show that the gross weight of China’s tin ore and concentrate imports in October totalled 36,515 tonnes (estimated at 4,300t contained tin), up 35% year-on-year and more than double the September total. Over 99% of imports...

China ore imports keep growing

Latest customs figures show that China’s imports of tin ores and concentrates in August were almost three times the volume recorded in August 2015. The gross weight of imports last month was 38,428 tonnes (estimated 4,600t contained tin), up 188% year-on-year,...

China production falling as concentrate imports rise

China’s tin concentrate imports increased by 170% year-on-year to 27,043t (gross weight) in October, according to the latest official data. 96% of the imports were from Myanmar. China imported 209,356t tin concentrate in January to October in 2015, up by 68%. Of...