Bauxite imports have skyrocketed this year, with Chinese September imports up almost 50%, according to Italian shipbroker Banchero Costa.

The country imported 6.5mt of bauxite in September despite Chinese aluminium output falling for the third straight month.

China’s imports of bauxite in the first nine months of 2017 came in at 51.3mt, up 36.1% year-on-year, says Ralph Leszczynski, Banchero Costa’s head of research in Singapore.