The Chinese customs authorities have released the export and import statistics for the month of April this year.
According to the data, the total imports of unwrought Nickel amounted to 16,250.8 mt during the month. The largest exporter of unwrought nickel to the country was Russia. The imports from Russia totaled 8,435.4 mt, accounting for more than 50% of the total imports by the country during the month. In second place was Finland with 2,024.8 mt, followed by Canada with 1,773.5 mt. The unwrought nickel imports during the initial four month period of the year totaled 54,393.8 mt.
Meanwhile, the imports of Nickel Matte,Oxde and Sinter during April ’14 totaled 35,342 mt.
The imports of Ferro-Nickel totaled 29,903.9 mt during the month. The largest exporter of Ferro-Nickel to the country was Colombia. The imports from Colombia totaled 9,494.4 mt, accounting for more than one-third of the total imports by the country during the month. In second place was Japan with 7,854.4 mt. The Ferro-Nickel imports during the Jan-Apr period this year totaled 104,765.2 mt.
The imports of Nickel ore and concentrates by China during April ’14 totaled 2.225 Million mt.The imports from Philippines topped the list. The Chinese imports from Philippines totaled 1.835 Million mt during the month.In second place was Indonesia with 298,948 mt. The cumulative Nickel Ore and concentrate imports by China during the initial four months of the year totaled 15.362 Million mt.