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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...

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...

China provide support for the Myanmar peace process

Post By: Tom Mulqueen on Thursday, 25 August 2016

China's Special Envoy on Asian Affairs, Sun Guoxiang, met with ethnic non-state armed groups based along the Myanmar-China border this week, encouraging them to take part in the '21st Century Panglong' peace conference which is set to begin on 31st August in Naypyidaw, the Irrawaddy has reported.

Meetings included an important discussion with the United Wa State Army (UWSA) in Panghsang in the Wa area of Shan State. During the recent visit of Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu...

Myanmar tin exports fall slightly in June

Post By: Tom Mulqueen on Monday, 25 July 2016

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 June 2015. In the first half of this year, tin ore and concentrate exports from Myanmar into China totalled 254,120 tonnes, up 88% on the same period of 2015, containing close to an estimated 30,000...

China’s ore imports strong but steady in May

Post By: Tom Mulqueen on Tuesday, 21 June 2016

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 the first five months of this year, imports from Myanmar totalled 215,184 t with an estimated tin content of 26,000 tonnes.

China exported 135 t refined tin in May and 211...

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