China's iron ore imports in November 2023 continued to increase

China's iron ore imports in November 2023 continued to increase

Steel NewsDate: 15-12-2023 by: Ngoc Cam

China's iron ore imports in November 2023 reached 102.74 million tons, up 3.37% over the previous month. Import volume in the first 11 months of 2023 increased by 6.2% over the same period. China's steel exports in November 2023 increased by 43.29% over the same period, steel imports in November decreased by 18.13% over the same period in 2022.

According to Customs data, China's iron ore imports in November rose 3.94% year-on-year as steel mills' profit margins improved and the recovery of the CNY, which encouraged the purchase of steel production raw materials.

As the world's largest consumer of iron ore, China imported 102.74 million tons of iron ore in November compared to 99.39 million tons in October 2023. November's imports maintained a high level for the fourth consecutive month and marked the fifth instance of surpassing 100 million tons in 2023.

Mysteel’s data showed that iron ore inventories at surveyed mills increased 3.5%, reaching 93.02 million tons at the end of November. The Chinese yuan (CNY) appreciated 2.5% against the US dollar in November 2023.

Customs data also revealed that China's iron ore imports in the first 11 months of 2023 increased 6.2% to a record high of 1.08 billion tons. Jiangsu Fushi Data Research Institute predicted that iron ore imports in December may remain at roughly the same level as last month as factories need supplies to meet production requirements during the New Year holiday in early January 2024. Buyers will settle their shipments via sea freight before the end of the year amid rising CNY, which means volumes this month will not be small.

Regarding steel product exports, China recorded 8.01 million tons in November, up 43.3% over the previous year and 0.88% over October 2023. Besides, China imported 614,000 tons of steel products last month, down 18% compared to November 20233. The total imports for the first 11 months of 2023 stood at 6.98 million tons, down 29.2% compared to a year earlier.

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