The imports were up 150.9% year-on-year, the latest customs data showed.
“The shipments were more than expected, as high premiums for imports have choked demand,” a trader said.
The April imports were 14.7% lower than the previous month but above market expectations.
Premiums for imported aluminium ingots have stayed around $370 per tonne in the past few months, resulting in large losses for Chinese importers. Spot deals were scarce.
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