China becomes net importer of fluorspar, official data confirms

By Michael Greenfield, Michael Greenfield
Published: Wednesday, 13 March 2019

China, the world’s main steel-producing nation, imported almost half-a-million tonnes of fluorspar in 2018, driven by its booming domestic steel market.

Chinese imports of fluorspar trebled year-on-year in 2018 as the nation became a net importer of the material, according to the latest data from the country’s customs authorities.

The data showed that 419,828 tonnes of fluorspar was imported into China during 2018, three times the 140,229 tonnes imported in...