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China ore imports fall less than expected in June

Post By: Tom Mulqueen on Wednesday, 02 August 2017

Imports of tin concentrate by China from Myanmar fell by 34% from May to 22,260 tonnes in June according to the latest China customs statistics, with an estimated tin content of some 5,500 tonnes, down 20%.

Estimated Chinese tin ore imports (metal content) from all sources in H1 2017 totalled 30,800 tonnes, effectively unchanged from the same period of 2016, with Myanmar responsible for over 98% of the total. The June trade statistics also reveal that tin product exports...

China tin concentrate imports see large May increase

Post By: Tom Mulqueen on Thursday, 06 July 2017

Chinese tin ore and concentrate imports in May totalled 34,077 tonnes in gross weight, up 49% compared to April, but down 16% year-on-year according to the latest official data.

Nearly 99% of the reported imports in May were from Myanmar, with tin contained in the imported concentrate estimated to be more than 7,000t, up by 33% compared to April and up 70% from the last year. The grade of tin concentrate from Myanmar is generally higher than in 2016...

Myanmar tin exports stabilise in April

Post By: Tom Mulqueen on Friday, 09 June 2017

Latest official China customs statistics reveal that April imports of tin ore and concentrate from Myanmar totalled 22,808 tonnes (gross weight), up 14% from March, but down 51% year-on-year.

The decline in gross weight of tin imports since last year is partially a result of higher tin content due to investment in processing infrastructure at the Man Maw mining district in Wa, Myanmar. Tin content of the concentrate exported is understood to have averaged some 23%Sn in April,...

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...

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,...

Myanmar peace process meeting delayed

Post By: Tom Mulqueen on Wednesday, 01 March 2017

The second meeting of Aung San Suu Kyi's 21st Century Panglong peace process, which was originally scheduled for mid-February, appears to have been postponed and is not expected to be held until mid-March at the earliest. The peace process has been closely followed by those with concerns over the responsible sourcing of tin from the areas controlled by the UWSA, a major ethnic armed group, which is a major supplier of tin ore and concentrate to China, exporting tin...

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...

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....

UWSA given deadline to withdraw troops

Post By: Tom Mulqueen on Tuesday, 25 October 2016

The Myanmar army has ordered the United Wa State Army (UWSA) to withdraw all its troops from territory normally under the control of the National Democratic Alliance Army (NDAA, Mongla Group) before a deadline of 24th October 2016. Tensions arose between the UWSA and NDAA, Myanmar’s two strongest ethnic armed organisations and former allies, in late September when a brigade of UWSA soldiers crossed into territory controlled the NDAA capturing two mountain outposts and a border checkpoint. Further troops were sent...

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...

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