Chinese imports of Cr ore in 2017 up 31.1%

It’s confirmed China is buying more chrome ore and less ferrochrome. In 2017, China imports of chrome ore reached 13,865,021 mt, up 31.1% from 2017’s 10,576,297 mt. The major suppliers in 2017 (2016 in parentheses) were: South Africa, 10,029,997 mt (7,747,385 mt) up 29.5%; Turkey, 1,115,224 mt (824,629 mt) up 35.2%; Zimbabwe, 446,634 mt (84,568 mt) up 428.1%; Oman, 409,296 mt (258,447 mt) up 58.4%; Pakistan, 325,786 mt (281,350 mt) up 15.8%; Iran, 292,210 mt (419,859 mt) -30.4%; Madagascar, 205,853 mt (113,337 mt) up 81.61%; Kazakhstan, 132,898 mt (38,309 mt), up 246.9%; and UAE, 102,951 mt (17,685 mt), up 482.1%.

The biggest gain was achieved by Brazil, which shipped 114,825 mt of chrome ore to China in 2017 vs. 8 mt in 2016 for an increase of 1,435,208.6%. Gee it makes sense that Ferbasa is shifting some of its high-carbon ferrochrome production to chrome ore exports!

In December, Chinese imports were 1,202,888 mt, down 7.1% MoM and down 8.9% YoY.

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