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...

China refined tin exports rise despite restricted Myanmar supply

According to the latest customs statistics, China’s tin ore and concentrate imports in March 2019 totalled 13,056 tonnes, of which 92% originated from Myanmar. We estimate that the tin content of shipments from Myanmar in March was 3,100 tonnes, up 244% month-on-month...

Myanmar: January ore shipments down 36% year-on-year

China’s imports of tin ores and concentrates totalled 30,719 tonnes in January, with 29,389 tonnes from Myanmar, according to the latest official customs statistics. The estimated tin content of shipments from Myanmar in January was 7,100 tonnes, up 48%...

December Myanmar ore shipments down sharply year-on-year

According to the latest customs statistics, China’s tin ore and concentrate imports in December 2018 totalled 18,162 tonnes, 17,667 tonnes of which originated from Myanmar. We estimate that the tin content of shipments from Myanmar in December was 4,800 tonnes, up 20%...