Australia Remains the Largest Exporter of Unwrought Refined Lead in the World, with $494M in 2014

Basic Precious Metals July 05, 2015
Author: Olga Minchina
Account Manager

Australia continued its dominance in the global unwrought refined lead trade. In 2014, Australia exported 228 thousand tonnes of unwrought refined lead, totaling 494 million USD, 4% over the previous year. Its primary trading partner was Malaysia, where it supplied 26.9% of its total unwrought refined lead exports in value terms, accounting for 85.8% of total Malaysia's imports.

Overall, the global unwrought refined lead trade dropped to 3.55 billion USD, with a CAGR of -1% from 2007 to 2014. In physical terms, it showed mixed dynamics, rising from 1,622 thousand tonnes in 2007 to 1,674 thousand tonnes in 2014.

The U.S. (28.2%), India (7.5%), Germany (6.8%), Turkey (6.8%) and Spain (6.3%) were the leading destinations of unwrought refined lead imports in 2014, together making up 55.5% of global imports. The share of the U.S. increased significantly (+18 percentage points), while the share of Spain illustrated negative dynamics (-2 percentage points).

In 2014, Australia and Canada were the main global suppliers of unwrought refined lead with a combined share of 24.5% of global exports. However, the fastest growing exporters from 2007 to 2014 were India (+47.6% per year), Mexico (+13.2% per year) and Poland (+12.9% per year). Belgium, meanwhile, strengthened its position in the global export structure, from 4% in 2007 to 8% in 2014.

Source: World: Refined Lead (Unwrought) - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2020