China April sulphur imports increase by 18% from March

25 May 2010 17:33  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS news)--China’s sulphur imports in April rose by 18% month-on-month to 903,000 tonnes, customs data showed on Tuesday.

Although April’s imports increased from the 766,000 tonnes imported in March, shipments remained below January’s level of 1m tonnes.

The numbers also represented a year-on-year drop of 589,000 tonnes, or 39% from the 1.5m tonnes imported in April 2009.

Most sulphur imports in April came from Saudi Arabia, with a total of 179,000 tonnes, up from March’s 115,000 tonnes.

China imported 151,000 tonnes of Canadian sulphur, an increase of 12,000 tonnes from March.

Shipments from Kazakhstan fell to 141,000 tonnes in April, from the 160,000 tonnes recorded the previous month.

Sulphur shipments into China between January and April totalled 3.5m tonnes, down 1m tonnes, or 23%, from the same period in 2009.

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