Chinese Seaborne Dry Bulk import up 20% in February

Graph - chinese seaborne drybulk import

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Chinese seaborne dry bulk import totaled 124Mt in February,  up a massive 20% compared to the same month last year when adjusted for the extra day in February last year.  YTD import is up 17% compared to the same period last year.

Graph Chinese Seaborne Dry bulk import by month

The import of the top 4 commodities (Iron Ore, Thermal & Coking coal and Soybeans) increased  with 19% YoY (+13.3Mt).  YTD imports are up 19% compared to the same period last year.

Graph - YTD commodity growth

Excluding those 4 commodities from the figures, imports in February were up 27% YoY (+5.1Mt). YTD imports of these commodities are up 13% from the same period last year.

Klaveness Research says:
In nominal terms the largest growth YTD is in iron ore (+18Mt), followed by Thermal coal (+9.5Mt), soybeans (+2.9Mt) and Coking coal (+1.9Mt). Among the non-top 4 commodities the largest growth is in Manganese Ore (+1.5Mt), Chromium Ore (+1.2), Pulp (+1.0) and Barley.

The worst performers in nominal terms are forest products (-0.7Mt), Alumina (-0.4Mt) and DDGS (-0.4Mt).