BEIJING, May 8 (Reuters) - China’s iron ore imports inched up in April from a year ago, customs data showed on Tuesday.
Arrivals of the steelmaking raw material reached 82.92 million tonnes last month, up a touch from 82.23 million tonnes in April last year, data from the General Customs of Administration showed. That was down from 85.79 million tonnes in March.
Iron ore shipments crept up after steel mills in northern China reopened in mid-March after a six-month period of production restrictions, part of Beijing’s campaign to protect the environment. (Reporting by Muyu Xu and Tom Daly Editing by Joseph Radford)