Last year was a banner year for Indian imported aluminium to the United States, as numbers released earlier this week by the United States Geological Survey reflect a jump of 158 percent in the January through October period over the prior year.
Total aluminium exported to India in October came to 25,800 metric tons, an increase of 174 percent, or 16,390 metric tons, on the year. October’s total aluminium imports bested September’s total of 24,600 metric tons by 5 percent.
Per USGS numbers, unfinished aluminium and aluminium alloys imported from India for the year through October totaled 168 thousand metric tons, up from 2017’s ten-month total of 65.2 thousand metric tons.
Aluminium semi-fabricated materials imported in the ten-month period weighed in at 3,860 metric tons, a jump of 264 percent on the year from last year’s total. For the month of October, Indian importers received 313 metric tons of aluminium plates, sheets, bars, and other semi-fabricated material.
Imported aluminium scrap, which has been a point of contention among Indian producers, rose 156 percent in the first ten months of last year to 164 thousand metric tons. Last year’s ten-month total weighed in at 64 thousand metric tons.
For the month of October, Indian companies collectively imported 25,500 metric tons of scrap aluminium, a 173-percent rise on the year. October’s imported scrap total rose by 5 percent from September’s total of 24,200 metric tons.
Crude aluminium and aluminium alloys imported into India in 2018 through October totaled 262 metric tons, a jump in 130 percent on the year.