Brazilian bauxite exports up 33% in Q1, alumina shipments down 27% - MDIC

Brazilian bauxite exports increased by 33.2% year on year in the first quarter of 2019, while alumina shipments decreased by 27.4% over the same comparison, data from the country’s foreign trade ministry, MDIC, showed.

Brazil’s bauxite exports totaled 2.1 million tonnes in the three months ended March 31, up from the 1.57 million tonnes shipped in the same period a year earlier. Most of the material came from the country’s northern state of Pará, where Mineração Rio do Norte (MRN) and Alcoa operate mines in part meant for export. Pará exported 2.09 million tonnes in the first quarter of this year, 32.9% more than the 1.57 million tonnes a year prior. China was the top importer of Brazil-origin bauxite in the first quarter of 2019; shipments to the Asian country totaled 680,629 tonnes during the period, compared with 219,883 tonnes a...

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Renato Rostás

April 12, 2019

03:05 GMT

Santiago, Chile