Chinese imports of copper, aluminium and PET up. ABS and paper drops.


Copper, aluminium and PET imports into China were all up in June compared to May, according to Chinese Customs statistics.

However, ABS and paper imports were slightly down in June on the month before and with the exception of copper, all materials saw a fall on the same period a year earlier.


In June, China imported 420,000 tonnes of scrap copper compared to 400,000 in May. Year on year, copper imports are up 8.2 per cent.

Aluminium was also up with 240,000 tonnes of scrap imported in June. In May, 220,000 tonnes of material was bought by Chinese companies. However, compared to June last year, this is down by 9.3 per cent.

PET in slices of chips was also up slightly with 14,864 tonnes imported in June with 14,493 tonnes imported in May. However, compared to a year ago, this represents 29.5 per cent less material than the year before.

Imports of ABS were down on May with 138,831 tonnes imported by China in June compared to 158,711 tonnes the month before. This was a drop of 9.6 per cent compared to a year earlier.

Paper and paperboard imports were down to 300,000 tonnes in June from the 310,000 seen in May. This is a 4.9 per cent drop compared to June 2010.