Lead Market - Global Lead Exports Trend Turned Downwards

Other Mining And Quarrying November 30, 2016
Author: Maria Fadeeva
Market Analyst

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The global lead trade amounted to 5581 million USD in 2015, fluctuating consistently over the period under review. Exports were on a decline in 2008 and 2009, recovering briefly in 2010 and 2011. 2012 saw another dip, until exports reversed the trend in 2013 and 2014, showing very modest growth. Finally, exports ended 2015 with a 9% decline from the value of 2014. Overall, there was an annual decrease of -0.3% from 2007 to 2015.

According to IndexBox estimates, Australia continued to dominate in the global supplies of lead. In 2015, Australia's lead exports totaled 777 million USD, which accounted for a 14% share of global exports. Canada, the Republic of Korea, the UK, and Germany were the other key global suppliers of lead in 2015, with a 31% combined share of global exports.

The Republic of Korea (+22.7% per year) and the UK (+3.0% per year) were the fastest growing exporters on the lead market from 2007 to 2015. The Republic of Korea significantly strengthened its position in terms of global lead exports, growing its share from 2% in 2007 to 9% in 2015.

The USA (19%, based on value terms), the UK (9%), India (7%), the Republic of Korea (6%), and Germany (5%) were the leading destinations of lead imports in 2015. Imports to the USA grew at a rapid pace of +7.2% per year from 2007 to 2015. By contrast, Germany contracted its imports of lead over the same period. The USA's share of global imports increased significantly (+9 percentage points), while the balance of major importers each maintained a relatively stable share size.

Global Exports Of Lead, In Value Terms

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