Peru: Copper, Tin and Molybdenum Production Up in Q1 2022

Peru's Ministry of Energy and Mines (Minem) said that year-on-year copper, tin, and molybdenum production rose in the first quarter of 2021. However, cumulative production of gold, zinc, silver, lead, and iron declined year-on-year.

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According to the Mining Statistical Bulletin (BEM), produced by the General Directorate for Mining Promotion and Sustainable Development, Minem specifies that cumulative copper production increased by 4.2% (553,749 fine tons) in the first three months of the year, as Antamina, Cerro Verde and Las Bambas gained greater production.

These three mining companies account for 53.3% of the country's total red metal production. For its part, tin production showed a 6% year-on-year increase (6,819 FMT) through March.

In this framework, Minsur remains the only producer of this metal in the Puno region. Cumulative molybdenum production increased by 2.1 percent year-on-year (8,276 FMT) in the first quarter, thanks to good performances by Cerro Verde and Chinalco.

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For its part, Southern Peru Copper remains the main producer of this metal, with 38.7% of the total, while Cerro Verde and Las Bambas contribute 36.7% and 11.2%, respectively.

BEM also showed that mining exports (metals and non-metals) reached $3.390 billion in February last year - an increase of 17.8% compared to the same period in 2021. In the January-February period, mining exports totaled $6.224 billion, up 10.7% compared to the same period in 2021.

The total value of metal mining exports in February was US$3,318 million, which implies an increase of 17.4% compared to the same month in 2021 (US$2,826 million), due to high metal prices and the gradual recovery of external demand.

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Copper is the main product exported from Peru, accounting for 29.7% of total shipments. China is the first destination for exports of red metal, thus accounting for 75.6% of the total. Japan came in second place with 7%, followed by South Korea (third place) with 4.6% of total exports.