China’s 2017 lead conc imports drop 10% amid ban on North Korean imports, physical tightness

China imported 1.28 million tonnes of lead concentrates and ores in 2017, down 9.33% from a year ago, according to customs data.

Lead concentrate and ores imports in December dropped 28.7% year on year to 83,167 tonnes.
A recent study by the research arm of Jiangxi Copper said China was facing a lead concentrates deficit of 210,000 tonnes in 2017.
China imported no lead concentrates from North Korea in December, three months since the United Nations sanction against North Korea came into effect.

North Korea used to be China’s top import...

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Echo Ma

Julian Luk

January 26, 2018

16:47 GMT

London