Copper was the only material to see an increase in this month’s Chinese import statistics.
430,000 tonnes of the metal were imported in March at a value of $1.4 billion (£883 million) compared to 400,000 tonnes in February at a value of £1.27 billion.
Aluminium remained at 220,000 tonnes in March but the value increased from February’s $337 million to $357 million (£225 million).
Paper and paperboard also stayed on imports of 270,000 tonnes and increased in value to $334 million (£210 million) from February’s $323 million.
But plastics imports were significantly down. ABS fell to 146,732 tonnes from 152,053 tonnes in February, but the value was roughly the same at $330 million (£208 million) from $330.5 million a month earlier.
PET dropped to 15,915 tonnes in March from February’s 17,229 but the value of the material was only slightly down to $29 million (£18.2 million) from $29.6 million a month before.