Chinese Iron Ore, Scrap & Flat Rolled Imports/Exports for September 2015

Written by Brett Linton

Chinese steel trade data was recently released for the month of September 2015, providing updated data on iron ore imports, scrap imports, and flat rolled imports and exports. Chinese imports of iron ore in September were 86,120,000 metric tons, an increase of 16.2 percent from the previous month and an increase of 1.7 percent from September 2014. Total iron ore imports for the first nine months of 2015 are at 699,050,000 metric tons.

September imports of steel scrap were 190,000 metric tons, up 25.8 percent from August but down 6.9 percent from the same month one year ago. 2015 total levels for steel scrap imports are at 1,790,000 metric tons.

Flat rolled imports in September were 850,000 metric tons, a 3.6 percent decrease from the previous month and a 25.7 percent decrease over September 2014 figures. Total 2015 YTD imports were adjusted to 8,210,000 metric tons.

Chinese exports of flat rolled steel were 4,830,000 metric tons for September, up 16.9 percent from August and up 20.9 percent from September 2014. Total flat rolled exports for 2015 through September are at an adjusted 36,360,000 metric tons. (Source: China Customs Service)

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