Chinese imports jump as Myanmar backlog clears

Chinese smelters experienced some relief to their tight raw materials supply chains as imports of tin concentrate from Myanmar jumped in June. The latest customs data, which is reported as gross weight, indicated that 14,249 tonnes came from Myanmar in June. This is a...

Worker shortage halves Myanmar tin exports

Imports of tin ores and concentrates from Myanmar into China dropped significantly in May as the major tin mining area in the country struggles with a shortage of workers. Total gross imports of tin ores and concentrates into China totalled some 11,159 tonnes in May,...

Myanmar imports exceed expectations

China’s imports of raw materials increased sharply in March. Imports from Myanmar, in particular, exceeded expectations. The latest customs data from the country reveals that it imported 21,115 tonnes of ores and concentrates (gross weight) in March. Some 86% of...

Environmental checks pressure Chinese raw materials supply

From the end of March, a number of tin fuming furnaces in the Chinese province of Yunnan will be closed for environmental checks. Fuming furnaces are a key part of smelting operations in China. The furnaces process low grade raw materials, including slag, hard-head,...

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...

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%...