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BASE METAL - Monthly Trend

Source - Dubai Custom

Sector Overview - BASE METAL

The global base metal trade (export + import) has reduced to USD 2973.12 billion in 2019 decrease of 5.2% compared to 2018 which was USD 3135.57 billion. The base metal trade represented 7.87% of total global trade.

Dubai's base metal and articles trade (export + import) has reduced to USD 17.3 billion in 2019, a decrease of 3.1 % compared to USD 19.87 billion in 2018. Dubai's base metal and articles trade represented 0.17% of the total global trade.

Dubai base metal and articles exports were AED 27.69 billion in 2019 which accounts for 17.9% of Dubai export.  

The top exported products were: Aluminium; unwrought, alloys (HS Code: 760120), Ferrous waste and scrap (HS Code: 720449) and Copper; wire, of refined copper (HS Code: 740811).

The top export destinations were:  India, Japan, USA, Pakistan and Sultanate of Oman.

Dubai base metal and articles imports were AED 36.04 billion in 2019 which accounted for 4.5% of the total Dubai imports.

The top import products were: Iron or non-alloy steel; (not in coils), flat-rolled, of a width 600mm or more (HS Code: 720851), Iron or non-alloy steel; bars and rods, hot-rolled, hot-drawn or hot-extruded (HS Code: 721420) and Iron or steel; structures and parts thereof (HS Code: 730890).

The top import origins were: China, India, Sultanate of Oman, USA and Germany.

 Dubai base metal and articles re-exports were AED 8.64 billion in 2019 which accounted for 2.1% of the total Dubai re-export.

The top re-export products: Nickel; unwrought, not alloyed (HS Code: 750210), Iron or steel; articles (HS Code: 732690) and Iron or steel; threaded screws and bolts (HS Code: 731815).
The top re-export destinations were: Iraq, Sultanate of Oman, Saudi Arabia, China and India.



The base metal sector contains Sections No. (72-73-74-75-76-77-78-79-80-81-82-83-26).

All ranks not including free zones.


Source - Dubai Custom

Sector Competitive Landscape

Dubai Trade ()
Key Markets

Source - Dubai Custom - UN Comtrade

Trade Forecast

Notes: 1 US$ = 3.667 AED; Forecast from 2020 based on historical values
Source: Abu Dhabi Statistics Center