Metspar exports from China saw an uptick
back up to higher levels in November 2016 after seeing a
decline between August and September. This was in contrast with
acidspar exports which slumped in November 2016.
According to official Chinese customs
data, metspar exports increased to 16.93m kg in November, up
19% year-on-year (y-o-y) and up 16% compared with 14.59m kg
exported in October.
Metspar exports from the country hit a
2018 peak of 21.15m kg in June, following which they held
steady at between 14-16.9m kg with the exception of September,
which saw a dip to 9.76m kg – a decline of 21% y-o-y
and 41% month-on-month (m-o-m).
Graphs: Total metspar exports and
|Source: China customs
The total value of metspar exports in November, the most
recently available figures from China at time of publication,
reached $3.87m, a 15% increase y-o-y and a 19% increase from
October, when the value of exports totalled $3.26m.
Average export values for metspar showed a slight uptick to
$228.7/tonne in November compared with $223.7/tonne the
Imports of metspar into China meanwhile
increased on a monthly basis from 6.2m kg in October to 7.35m
kg in November. On a yearly basis the import figure represented
a 2% decline – a much smaller y-o-y difference
compared with October imports, which fell 18% y-o-y.
The value of metspar imports in November
increased to $960,526, compared with a value of $868,039 the
However, on a per tonne basis imports of
metspar into China fell to $131/tonne, down from $140/tonne in
October. This compares to a per tonne value of $129 in November
and $152 in October the previous year.
Graph: Average metspar values,
imports and exports
|Source: China customs
Acidspar exports down
For acidspar, meanwhile, exports slumped
to 8.04m kg in November from 20.74m kg in October.
However the decline in total value of the
exports ($4.75m in October to $2m in November) was not nearly
as steep thanks to a higher per tonne average value of acidspar
($250/tonne in November vs. $229/tonne in October).
On a y-o-y basis November exports were
also down compared to the 9.02m kg exported in November 2015
and an average value of $292/tonne.
In contrast, acidspar imports saw a slight
uptick m-o-m to 2,805kg at a value of $8,188 in November, up
from 2,095kg at a value of $5,703 in October
November import values and volumes were
down compared with the previous year however, when China
imported 3,375 kg acidspar at a value of $9,910.
Graph: Acidspar imports and
Source: China customs
In aluminium fluoride (AlF3) meanwhile,
China exported 12,122 tonnes of the material in November for a
total value of $11.42m. This was up 24% on total AlF3 exports
for October of 9,006 tonnes for a value of $8.38m.
November figures also represented a 13%
y-o-y increase in volumes and a 2.8% increase for total export
However, the average price per tonne for
the month fell on a yearly basis from $1,033/tonne AlF3 in
November 2015 to $942/tonne, although this was an improvement
on October values of $931/tonne.
Graphs: AlF3 values and