Which Country Imports the Most Unwrought Refined Lead in the World?

Basic Precious Metals May 28, 2018
Author: Anna Sergeeva
Market Analyst

In 2016, the global refined lead imports amounted to 4.8M tonnes, increasing by 4% against the previous year figure. The total import volume increased at an average annual rate of +2.1% over the period from 2007 to 2016; the trend pattern remained relatively stable, with somewhat noticeable fluctuations over the period under review. The pace of growth appeared the most rapid in 2010, when import increased by 8% against the previous year level. Global refined lead import peaked in 2016, and are expected to retain its growth in the near future.

In value terms, refined lead imports stood at $5.8B in 2016. Overall, refined lead imports continue to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. Over the period under review, global refined lead imports reached its maximum level of $6.4B in 2014; however, from 2015 to 2016, it failed to regain its strength.

Top Refined Lead Importing Countries in the World

1. USA (1,073.8 million USD)

2. India (461.9 million USD)

3. United Kingdom (387.9 million USD)

4. Germany (306.9 million USD)

5. Viet Nam (271.1 million USD)

6. Czech Republic (256.5 million USD)

7. South Korea (246.1 million USD)

8. Belgium (92.0 million USD)

9. Mexico (41.8 million USD)

10. Canada (4.0 million USD)

11. Kazakhstan (3.6 million USD)

12. Australia (2.4 million USD)

Refined Lead Imports By Country

The U.S. (531K tonnes), Australia (420K tonnes), South Korea (390K tonnes), Canada (290K tonnes), India (240K tonnes), Kazakhstan (160K tonnes), Mexico (157K tonnes), the UK (155K tonnes), Belgium (151K tonnes), Germany (147K tonnes), Viet Nam (143K tonnes), and Czech Republic (131K tonnes) represented roughly 61% of total imports of refined lead in 2016.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of refined lead imports, among the main importing countries, was attained by Viet Nam (+14.4% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

In value terms, the U.S. ($1.1B) constitutes the largest market for imported refined lead worldwide, making up 19% of global imports. The second position in the ranking was occupied by India ($462M), with the share of 8% of global imports. It was followed by the UK, with the share of 7%.

In the U.S., refined lead imports stood at an average annual rate of +7.1% over the period from 2007-2016. The remaining importing countries recorded the following average annual rates: India (+3.7% per year) and the UK (-2.1% per year).

Refined Lead Import Prices By Country

In 2016, the average import price for refined lead amounted to $1,205 per tonne, remaining constant against the previous year level. In general, refined lead import price continues to indicate a mild setback. The pace of growth appeared the most rapid in 2010, when import increased by 19% from the previous year level. Over the period under review, average refined lead import price attained its maximum level of $1,520 per tonne in 2011; however, from 2012 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

There were significant differences in the average import prices amongst major importing countries. In 2016, the country with the highest import prices was the UK ($2,510 per tonne), while Australia ($6 per tonne) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of refined lead import prices was attained by Viet Nam (+4.5% per year), while the other global leaders experienced a decline in the import price figures.

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All data provided in this article covers the following product: HS Code 7801 - Lead; unwrought.

Source: World: Refined Lead (Unwrought) - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025