US imports of Si metal for the first 9 months of 2016

The US imported 98,505 mt of 99-99.99% Si metal in the first nine months of 2016 for a monthly average of 10,945 mt vs. a 2015 monthly average (total year) of 10,828 mt. The major suppliers in September (first nine months in parentheses) were: Brazil, 4,833 mt (37,557), the 2016 monthly average was 4,173 mt vs. 3,498 mt in all of 2015; South Africa, 1,674 mt (18,123 mt), the 2016 monthly average was 2,014 mt vs. 3,221 mt in all of 2015; Australia, 1,166 mt (13,259 mt), the 2016 monthly average was 1,473 mt vs. 1,439 mt in all of 2015;  Canada, 582 mt (14,094 mt), the 2016 monthly average was 1,566 mt vs. 382 mt in all of 2015; Kazakhstan, 297 mt (6,233 mt), the 2016 monthly average was 693 mt vs. 155 mt in all of 2015; Norway, 511 mt (5,136 mt), the 2016 monthly average was 571 mt vs. 713 mt in all of 2015; and Laos, 0 (2,520 mt), the 2016 monthly average was 280 mt vs. 272 mt in all of 2015.

While 99-99.99% imports were stable  year-on-year, US imports of less than 99% Si were much lower–17,491 mt in the first nine months of 2016 for a monthly average of 1,944 mt vs. a total 2015 monthly average of 2,977 mt. The major suppliers were: Brazil, 211 mt (5,524 mt), the monthly average in 2016 is 614 mt vs. 486 mt in 2015; Norway, 929 mt (5,372 mt), the 2016 average monthly average was 597 mt  vs. 392 in 2015; Bhutan, 0 (1,835 mt), the average monthly total was 204 mt in 2016 vs. 105 mt in 2015; and Canada, 20 mt (1,653 mt), the monthly average in 2016 was 184 mt vs. 1,414 mt in 2015.

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