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France's Iron Ore Imports In November 2004
= Jan-Nov total up 6.8% above 2003 at 19.21 million tons
According to the EUROSTAT, iron ore imports into France in Jan-Nov 2004 amounted to 19,214 thousand metric tons (Kt), increasing by 1,216 Kt (6.8%) from 17,998 Kt in the prior same period. Crude steel production released as preliminary data were up 5.1% at 20,773 Kt in 2004, resulting in a high level volume second to 20,954 Kt in 2000.

[Import sources for Jan-Nov]
The largest import source was Brazil with 12,154 Kt, up 2,551 Kt (26.6%) from the prior corresponding period, accounting for 63.3% in the total imports (2003: 53.4%). This share increase represents a greater dependency on Brazilian ore.

Australia followed Brazil with 3,089 Kt, largely dropping by 976 Kt (24.0%), with import share down by 6.5 points at 16.1%.

Imports of Mauritanian and Canadian ores declined as well, while those from South Africa showed a 4.6-fold growth at 274 Kt.

With Brazil and Australia being predominant exporters, no imports of Indian ore were recorded.

Category-wise, non-agglomerated ores (lump and fines) and agglomerated ores (pellets, briquets and concentrate) shared 78.2% and 21.8%, respectively.
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