Which Country Exports the Most Lead Ores and Concentrates in the World?

Uranium And Thorium Ores May 28, 2018
Author: Sergey Avramenko
Head of Global Markets Research Team

Which Country Exports the Most Lead Ores and Concentrates in the World?

IndexBox has just published a new report "World: Lead Ores And Concentrates - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025". Here is a summary of the report's key findings.

In 2016, approx. 4.9M tonnes of lead ore were imported worldwide- declining by -5.8% against the previous year level. The total import volume increased at an average annual rate of +2.8% over the period from 2007 to 2016- the trend pattern remained consistent, with only minor fluctuations being observed in certain years. The pace of growth was the most pronounced in 2014, when import increased by 11% year-to-year. Global lead ore import peaked of 5.2M tonnes in 2015, falling back in the following year.

In value terms, lead ore imports stood at $5.8B in 2016. In general, lead ore imports continue to indicate a remarkable increase. Over the period under review, global lead ore imports attained its maximum level of $8.1B in 2012- however, from 2013 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

Top Lead Ore Importing Countries in the World

1. South Korea (1,595.6 million USD)

2. China (1,486.9 million USD)

3. Canada (628.5 million USD)

4. Belgium (559.1 million USD)

5. Germany (446.2 million USD)

6. Japan (266.7 million USD)

7. Kazakhstan (221.3 million USD)

8. Australia (217.8 million USD)

9. Italy (206.0 million USD)

10. Russia (0.7 million USD)

11. Ireland (0.1 million USD)

12. South Africa (0.0 million USD)

Lead Ore Imports By Country

In 2016, China (1.4M tonnes), distantly followed by Australia (732K tonnes), South Korea (634K tonnes), Russia (385K tonnes), and Germany (235K tonnes) represented the largest importers of lead ore, together committing 70% of total imports. The following importers - Belgium (171K tonnes), Japan (140K tonnes), Kazakhstan (136K tonnes), South Africa (124K tonnes), Canada (118K tonnes), Ireland (115K tonnes), and Italy (82K tonnes) together made up 18% of total imports.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of lead ore imports, among the main importing countries, was attained by Kazakhstan (+18.1% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

In value terms, the largest lead ore markets worldwide were South Korea ($1.6B), China ($1.5B) and Canada ($629M), together comprising 64% of global imports.Belgium, Germany, Japan, Kazakhstan, Australia, Italy, Russia, Ireland and South Africa lagged somewhat behind, together comprising a further 33%.

Russia (nan% per year) experienced the highest rates of growth with regard to the lead ore imports, among the main importing countries, over the last 9 years, while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

Lead Ore Import Prices By Country

In 2016, the average import price for lead ore amounted to $1,193 per tonne, coming up by 3% against the previous year. Overall, it indicated a mild expansion from 2007 to 2016: the import price value increased at an average annual rate of +1.2% over the last nine years. The trend pattern, however, indicated some noticeable fluctuations throughout the analyzed period. Based on the result of 2016, lead ore import price decreased by -35.7% against its level of 2011. The pace of growth appeared the most rapid in 2011, when it surged by 48% y-o-y. In that year, average lead ore import price attained its maximum level of $1,855 per tonne. From 2012 to 2016, growth of average lead ore import price stood at a somewhat lower level.

Import prices varied noticeably by country of destination. the country with the highest import prices was Canada ($5,326 per tonne), while Ireland ($0 per kg) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of lead ore import prices was attained by Australia (+29.8% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

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All data provided in this article covers the following product: HS Code 2607 - Lead ores and concentrates.

Source: World: Lead Ores And Concentrates - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025