China imports and production decline

Chinese refined tin imports were 2,324 tonnes in October, down by 30% month-on-month and 42% year-on-year. This was still a high volume, especially as there has been no price arbitrage space for general imports since September. Cumulative imports in January to October...

Indonesian shipments bounce back

There has been a strong recovery in Indonesian exports in September, following a drop the previous month due to low prices and religious holidays. The tonnage inspected prior to shipment by surveying companies working for the trade ministry was 9,874 tonnes in...

China refined tin imports surge again

China imported 3,125t refined tin in July, up by 333% year-on-year and 31% compared to June. Total refined tin imports were 16,706t in January-July this year, more than three times the imports of 5,526t in the same period of last year. Of the total for the year to...

Indonesian shipments down again

Preliminary trade ministry data shows that Indonesian tin metal exports fell again in July. The volume of tin checked prior to export amounted to 8,298 tonnes, down by 10% compared to July last year and 14% compared to the previous month. In the first seven months of...

Strong China refined tin imports in June

China refined tin imports in June were very strong again, rising by 75% year-on-year and 53% compared to May to 2,386 tonnes, according to latest China Custom data. The positive arbitrage between LME and domestic Chinese prices attracted more imports in June. The...

South Korean agency to boost tin purchases

South Korea, the world’s fourth biggest buyer of industrial metals, will lift purchases by its state-run procurement agency in the second half from a planned 297 billion won (US$260 million) if metal prices drop further, a senior agency official told Reuters....

Indonesian exports up and down

Preliminary data indicates that Indonesian tin metal exports in June were up 23% compared to the previous month but down 11% compared to June last year. Trade ministry statistics released today show that 9,647 tonnes of tin was inspected prior to shipment by surveying...

China imports of refined tin high again in May

China imported 1,562 tonnes of refined tin in May, up by 95% year-on-year, according to the latest official customs data. 90% of the total imports was from Indonesia. Cumulative imports in January – May were 11,196 tonnes, up by 225% from 3,444 tonnes in the...

Indonesian exports steady in May

The tonnage of refined tin checked prior to export from Indonesia last month rose 12.2% year-on-year to 7,866 tonnes, according to data released by the trade ministry today. However exports in the base period last May were lower than normal. In the first five months...

Korea makes second stockpile purchase

South Korea’s Public Procurement Service (PPS) announced that it had bought 300 tonnes of refined tin through a May 25 tender, the second purchase of tin it has made this year. The contract for the supply of 99.85% tin was awarded to Hanwha Corporation at a...