China’s April bauxite shipments show surprise 34% jump

By Sybil Pan
Published: Monday, 01 June 2020

China’s export shipments of refractory-grade bauxite unexpectedly rose in April by 34% despite the global consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, exports of brown fused alumina (BFA) increased by 5% but those of white fused alumina (WFA) fell by 5%, with market weakness still evident, according to sources.

Total shipments of refractory-grade bauxite (HS code: 2508 3000) from the East Asian country came to 86,350 tonnes in April this year, up from 64,486 tonnes in April 2019, according to official but unconfirmed data seen by Fastmarkets.

While many market participants were surprised to see the sharp...

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