China sulphur import levels drop in December year on year

24 January 2014 12:51 Source:ICIS News

LONDON (ICIS)--Sulphur imports to China from the rest of the world fell in December year on year and in 2013, according to China Customs data from Global Trade Information Services (GTIS) released this week.

Sulphur imports totalled 662,980 tonnes in December, down 22% year on year from 851,094 tonnes.

From January to December 2013, Chinese sulphur imports were 10.55m tonnes, down by nearly 6% from the 11.2m tonnes imported from January to December 2012.


China Sulphur Imports – January-December

Top 11 importing countries for the period  (tonnes)

2013

2012

Kazakhstan

1,749,850

1,362,022

Saudi Arabia

1,666,150

1,934,659

Japan

1,052,519

1,046,660

UEA

1,046,330

1,054,854

South Korea

950,586

929,291

Iran

895,733

639,911

Canada

709,492

1,228,770

Qatar

629,091

931,447

Russia

505,738

866,719

India

369,970

236,216

Kuwait

291,631

356,098

World

10.55

11.20


The drop in imports was attributed to weaker downstream phosphate fertilizer demand, which meant that operating rates for diammonium (DAP) were reduced.

Additional reporting by Belle Zhang

By Julia Meehan