Beijing, 1 April (Argus) —

China’s antimony concentrate imports fell in the first two month of 2020 because of a prolonged lunar new year holiday and lower metal output caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

The country imported 10,279t of antimony concentrate during January-February, down by 27.2pc from 14,120t a year earlier, official customs data show.

China’s antimony metal output for January-February totalled 10,453t, down by 24pc from 13,730t a year earlier. Output in Hunan province, the country’s largest producing area for antimony, fell to 8,000t in January-February from 12,056t a year earlier as major producers closed in February during the coronavirus outbreak.

Concentrate shipments from Tajikistan dropped by 20pc from a year earlier to 4,671t, while deliveries from Russia fell by 32.6pc to 3,791t. Imports from Australia dropped by 15.9pc to 1,152t.

Shipments from Myanmar (Burma) declined by 61pc from a year earlier to 362t, while imports from Bolivia fell by 58.3pc to 155t. Deliveries from Turkey were 148t, while there were no imports from the country a year ago.

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This article was retrieved from Argus Metals