Tin production isolated from Myanmar coup

Myanmar has been thrust into the spotlight after a coup saw the country’s military take control from the government. The country is the world’s third largest producer of tin concentrates, and a major source for China’s smelters. One of the biggest...

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 hit eight-year high

China has continued its recent trend of significant imports of refined tin: the latest official data shows a nearly 2000% increase from May 2019. According to the latest China Customs data, China imported 3,674 tonnes of refined tin in May 2020. This is a 1762%...

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%...

COVID-19: China tin industry in recovery mode

The tin industry in China is beginning to recover from the COVID-19 outbreak, with imports of tin concentrate returning to normal levels. Refined metal imports remain elevated as demand grows. According to the latest customs data, China imported 4,000 tonnes of...

China refined tin imports increase eight-fold

Imports of refined tin metal into China increased eight-fold during the country’s quarantine to stop the spread of COVID-19. The outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) forced the Chinese government to quarantine the country, halting the majority of...

Chinese tin industry optimistic despite coronavirus

With the spread of the novel coronavirus beginning to peak, the effect on the tin market is becoming clearer. Here we present the results of our snap survey of tin producers and consumers in China. Upstream The second week of February usually sees smelters return to...

Chinese export window closes as ore imports continue decline

China’s import of tin concentrate continued to fall in May relative to last year as mine production in Myanmar continues to decline, while refined tin exports also fell due to a shrinking arbitrage between the Shanghai and London-based metals exchanges. Customs...