Myanmar tin production may have reached peak

Estimated tin production by Myanmar has seen a more than 10-fold increase in the four years to 2015. This is almost entirely due to the rapid growth in a major new mining centre in Wa county, close to the border with China’s Yunnan province. The main mining...

Myanmar tin exports fall slightly in June

Latest China customs data released yesterday shows imports of tin ore and concentrates at 39,044 tonnes (gross weight) in June, of which 38,936 tonnes originated in Myanmar. The June total was down 4% on the previous month’s figure, but up by 58% compared to...

China’s ore imports strong but steady in May

Latest China customs data released yesterday shows imports of tin ore and concentrates at 40,575 tonnes gross weight in May, or an estimated 4,800 t contained tin. The May total was down 13% on the previous month’s figure, but up by 87% compared to May 2015. In...

Myanmar tin ore trade still booming

Latest China customs data released yesterday shows imports of tin ore and concentrates at 46,197 tonnes gross weight in April, or an estimated 5,500 tonnes contained tin. The April total was similar to the previous month’s figure, but up by 40% compared to April...

Myanmar tin ore exports plummet in February

Latest official customs statistics released by China yesterday showed that the country’s tin ore and concentrate imports from Myanmar totalled just 8,641 tonnes (gross weight) in February 2016, down 88% from 72,436 tonnes in January and down 53.0% year-on-year....

Myanmar tin ore exports shoot to record highs in January

Latest official customs statistics released by China yesterday reveal tin ore imports from Myanmar in January soared to an all-time record of 72,436 tonnes (gross weight), a 239% year-on-year increase. The figure also represents a 66% rise from the 43,531 tonnes...

Mawchi mines to reopen after landslide deaths

Operations are set to resume at the Mawchi tin and tungsten mines in Kayah State, Myanmar, following a halt caused by a nearby landslide on October 13th that resulted in 28 deaths and the displacement of more than 500 others. The landslides and deaths occurred in a...

Myanmar tin exports fall slightly in July

According to the latest official customs data, July exports of tin concentrate from Myanmar to China amounted to 20,095 tonnes gross weight. This represents a 29% year-on-year increase but a 19% decrease compared to June. Cumulative concentrate imports from Myanmar...

Myanmar mining ministry shortens list of prospective smelter partners

Myanmar’s Ministry of Mining has narrowed a selection of prospective partners for its tin smelter to just seven local and foreign companies, according to an official from the state-run enterprise. The No.2 Mining Enterprise under the Ministry invited expressions...

China refined tin imports drop sharply in May

China refined tin imports dropped 69% from 1,070 tonnes in April to 333 tonnes in May. The May figure also represents a 48% reduction compared to the same month of 2014. Although the arbitrage gap was wider than in April, a lack of market interest and sufficient...