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May 2018 | Aluminium Weekly Market Tracker


Chinese alumina imports drop to all-time low: Alumina & Bauxite Analysis


Taking freight, China’s value-added tax (VAT) and the port handling fee into consideration, average import losses in March were over RMB 400/tonne ($63/tonne), according to our calculations.

Chinese alumina imports drop to all-time low; eyes on export opportunities Chinese alumina imports dropped to a record low of 8,145 tonnes in March, with zero inflows from Australia, China’s largest alumina supplier, according to customs data. In addition, total alumina shipments to China in the first three months came to just 184,905 tonnes, a drop of 79.93% y-o-y. The import window has been closed since early this year, with import losses continuing to widen in March as a result...

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