May. 22, 2012 (China Knowledge) - China, the world's largest cooper consumer, imported 272,903 metric tons of refined copper in April this year, 70.3% more than in the same month of 2011, according to the latest statistics released by the General Administration of Customs
The refined copper imports last month reflected a decline of 21% from March.
In the first four months, the country's refined copper imports amounted to 1.3 million metric tons, up 75.9% YoY.
The customs also said that China's imports of copper concentrate climbed 2.2% YoY to 474,903 metric tons in April, bringing its imports of copper concentrate to a total of 2.2 million metric tons in the first four months, reflecting a growth of 18.8% YoY.
China's copper output rose 5.1% YoY but fell 3.7% MoM to 491,000 metric tons in April this year. The country produced 1.8 million metric tons of copper in the first four months, 8.1% more than in the same period of last year.