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China Copper imports decline in August

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BEIJING (Scrap Register): China’s unwrought copper imports fell in August after a bounce in the previous month, customs data showed, as a slowdown in the world’s top copper consumer raises concerns over demand for the metal.

Imports of unwrought copper, including anode, refined and semi-finished copper products into China stood at 404,000 tonnes last month, Reuters reported, citing latest data from the General Administration of Customs. That was down 3.8% from 420,000 tonnes in July and also down 3.8% year-on-year.

China’s imports of copper concentrate, or partially processed copper ore, came in at 1.815 million tonnes in August, down 12.5% from the previous month’s record high of 2.07 million tonnes but up 9.3% year-on-year.

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