Timah forecasts shipments

Indonesia’s state-controlled tin producer PT Timah said that it would ship some 1,500 tonnes of tin this month and was aiming for annual exports of 25,000 tonnes, down from 28,000 tonnes in 2012. Its President Director Sukrisno told Reuters that he hoped that...

China’s ore imports from Myanmar booming

Reuters reports that tin ore shipped from Myanmar across the border for processing in Yunnan, China’s key tin producing province, more than tripled in July to 8,392 tonnes, quoting official Chinese customs statistics. Imports for the first seven months of the...

Indonesian exports up in August

Preliminary data released by Indonesia’s trade ministry showed that the tonnage of tin checked prior to export last month was 6,525 tonnes, up by 15.6% on August 2012, ahead of changes in regulations which could slash volumes this month. Cumulative tonnage in...

Indonesian exports fall in July

Preliminary trade data released by Indonesia’s trade ministry on 19 August showed a sharp fall in volumes as new regulations came into place. The tonnage of tin checked prior to shipment in July slipped to 6,466 tonnes, 22% lower than in July 2012 and 42% down...

New export rules dismay Indonesian producers

The decisions by the Indonesian trade ministry to revise export quality regulations and to require that tin exported be traded through a local market has produced critical reactions from producers surveyed by Bloomberg. Agung Nugroho, corporate secretary at PT Timah,...

Indonesian June export surge

Preliminary data released by Indonesia’s trade ministry today indicated a surge in tin shipments in June, ahead of new purity regulations that came into place on 1 July. The tonnage of tin surveyed in pre-shipment checks rose to 11,111 tonnes last month, 15.2%...

Indonesia relaxes quality controls on tin exports

Only a week after a new regulation on tin export quality came into effect, Indonesia’s trade ministry has announced a relaxation in impurity limits. In a regulation originally announced last December, refined tin exported after 1 July has to be a minimum 99.9%...

China refined tin imports up and down in May

China refined tin imports in May were 1,315 tonnes, down by 16% compared to May last year, but up by 10% compared with the previous month. Imports of tin from Indonesia rebounded following a pick-up in its overall export levels during the month. China imported 7,639t...

Indonesian exports rebound in May

After a slight slowing in pace in April, Indonesian tin exports surged again in May, according to latest preliminary data released by the trade ministry today. The quantity of tin checked prior to shipment last month was 9,242 tonnes, up by 18% on the previous month...

China tin imports decline, exports increase

The latest official data shows China imported 1,198t refined tin in April, down by 27% year-on-year and 24% compared to the previous month. The biggest decline was in imports from Indonesia, which fell by 68% y/y. This fits with a 16% y/y fall in Indonesian exports to...