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Myanmar ore exports continue year-on-year decline

Post By: Tom Mulqueen on Thursday, 27 April 2017

Latest official China customs statistics reveal that March imports of tin ore and concentrate from Myanmar totalled 20,058 tonnes (gross weight), up 132% from February, but down 58% year-on-year.

There has been an obvious decline in shipments from Myanmar in the first quarter of 2017, with total ore volumes down 53% on the same period of 2016 to 60,059 tonnes. However, this year the average tin content of the ore and concentrates is higher because of technological improvements at...

Hedging benefits highlighted at ITRI China seminar

Post By: Tom Mulqueen on Tuesday, 25 April 2017

The ITRI 2017 tin market and futures hedging seminar was held in Shenzhen on April 20 and was strongly assisted and supported by Shanghai Futures Exchange (SHFE). Approximately 70 members from ITRI China's Associate Membership and the ITRI-IPC China Solder Technology Group (CSTG) attended the meeting. The seminar covered the outlook for the tin market in 2017 as well as discussion on China's tin futures market operation and development outlook, risk management of non-ferrous metals company through utilisation of...

Temporary supply disruption in China

Post By: Tom Mulqueen on Monday, 10 April 2017

Two Chinese tin smelters (Gejiu Jinye and Gejiu Zili) suspended production from early April after the government carried out environmental pollution spot checks related to sulphur dioxide emissions. 

Typical production from the disrupted smelters in Yunnan Province is around 1,400 tonnes per month. It is estimated that operations will be affected for between 2 to 4 weeks, during which period smelters will install better emissions monitoring equipment to comply with government requirements.

A number of private tin mining companies in...

Myanmar shipments hit seasonal low

Post By: Tom Mulqueen on Monday, 27 March 2017

Latest official customs statistics released by China last week report February imports of tin ore and concentrate from Myanmar totalled 8,641 tonnes (gross weight), unchanged from February 2016, but down 72% compared to January. The latest data is unsurprising, as it is usual for February shipments to be impacted by the Chinese Spring Festival holidays.

Myanmar was the source of over 99% of China's reported tin ore and concentrate imports in January and February, which totalled exactly 40,000 tonnes,...

China tin trade subdued in January

Post By: Tom Mulqueen on Monday, 27 February 2017

Latest official customs statistics released by China last week showed that the country's tin ore and concentrate imports from Myanmar fell by 57% year-on-year to 31,359 tonnes (gross weight) in January, predominantly due an earlier Chinese Spring Festival holiday period than in recent years. Refined tin imports also fell 34% over the same period to 643 tonnes.

Myanmar was the source of over 99% of China's tin ore and concentrate imports in January, which totalled 31,651 tonnes. The...

YTC announce Dulong expansion

Post By: Tom Mulqueen on Wednesday, 15 February 2017

The Yunnan Tin Company has approved a Yuan 2.6 billion (US$375 million) investment plan to expand production from the Wenshan Dulong zinc-indium-tin-copper mine by some 70%, it was reported in a statement filed with the Shenzhen Stock Exchange on January 11.

The expansion will include the construction of new dump sites, a tailings dam and waste rock recycling facilities, which will increase mining capacity to 3.6 Mtpa. Operations at Dulong are run by YTC's subsidiary, Yunnan Hualian, which currently...

China ore and metal imports both up in December

Post By: Tom Mulqueen on Tuesday, 24 January 2017

China customs data released yesterday shows a rise in tin ore, concentrate and metal imports last month. The gross weight of ore and concentrate imports in December was 46,538 tonnes (estimated 5,400t contained tin), up by 5% compared to December 2015, while tin metal imports for the month rose 44% year-on-year to 1,692 tonnes.

The flow of raw materials continues to be dominated by border trade with Myanmar's Wa County, which accounted for 98.8% of ore receipts last month....

Future of China's tin export duty uncertain

Post By: Tom Mulqueen on Friday, 13 January 2017

China's 10% duty levied on refined tin exports has not been referenced in the country's recently released 2017 Exports Commodities Tax Rates Table, leading many experts to conclude that the duty has been scrapped altogether, although no official announcement has yet been made to this effect.

ITRI China has contacted a number of companies, including brokers, producers and other experts, in an attempt to verify the cancellation of the duty. Whilst most believe it has been scrapped, no one...

China tin ore imports rebound in October

Post By: Peter Kettle on Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Customs figures released last week show that the gross weight of China's tin ore and concentrate imports in October totalled 36,515 tonnes (estimated at 4,300t contained tin), up 35% year-on-year and more than double the September total. Over 99% of imports originated from Myanmar, where local production has recovered to pre-rainy season levels following the September dip.

Total imports for the first 10 months of 2016 amounted to 383,690 tonnes (of which 382,324 tonnes, or some 45,000t contained tin...

Rainy season hits Myanmar ore exports

Post By: Tom Mulqueen on Monday, 24 October 2016

Customs figures released earlier today show that the gross weight of China's tin ore and concentrate imports in September totalled 17,802 tonnes (estimated at 2,100t contained tin), up 75% year-on-year but equal to less than half of the August total. 98% of imports originated from Myanmar, where the rainy season has caused a seasonal dip in production.

Total imports for the year to September amounted to 347,255 tonnes (of which 345,885 tonnes, or some 41,000t contained tin was from...