China: Gallium and Germanium Exports Showing Differing Trends

by | 20. Jun 2024 - 09:42 | Economy

Export restrictions for the two technology metals, gallium and germanium, were imposed in China almost one year ago. These metals are required for LED applications, chips, and fiber optic cables. As exports came to a brief standstill shortly after the restrictions came into force, the industry is keeping a close eye on export volumes.

According to data from the customs authority, the People’s Republic delivered 6,210 kilograms of gallium in May, an increase of almost 20% compared to April. Compared to the same period last year, this is an increase as well (plus nine percent). The situation is different for germanium, where a decrease of 22% to 1,820 kilograms is reported compared to April 2024. At 57%, the drop compared to May 2023 is even more pronounced.

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