The decline comes as the country’s pandemic-hit economy reduces demand for the metal
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China’s aluminum imports saw a drastic decline of 35.7% in November versus the same period a year ago, Reuters reported on Sunday, citing data from the General Administration of Customs.
The decline is reportedly attributable to mounting domestic supply along with stagnating demand for the light metal amid Covid-related restrictions.
The nation brought in 255,744 tons, including primary metal and unwrought, alloyed aluminum. Total imports in the first 11 months of the current year were 2.13 million tons, down 28.2% from the same period a year ago.
Meanwhile, imports of bauxite, the main source of aluminum ore, came in at 11.79 million tons in November, up 31.3% from October’s 8.98 million tons and up 53.6% from 7.7 million tons in November 2022.