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TABLE 5
U.S. IMPORTS FOR CONSUMPTION OF COBALT, BY COUNTRY 1
 
    Metal2   Oxides and hydroxides   Other forms3   Total
Gross Cobalt Gross Cobalt Gross Cobalt Gross Cobalt
weight content4 weight content4 weight content4 weight content4
(metric (metric Value5 (metric (metric Value5 (metric (metric Value5 (metric (metric Value5
Country of origin   tons)   tons)   (thousands)   tons)   tons)   (thousands)   tons)   tons)   (thousands)   tons)   tons)   (thousands)
2009:
Australia 380 380 $11,600 -- -- -- -- -- -- 380 380 $11,600
Belgium 99 99 4,560 531 382 $16,100 69 24 $850 699 505 21,500
Brazil 172 172 5,280 -- -- -- 7 2 60 179 173 5,340
Canada 246 246 7,820 471 339 8,140 2 (6) 5 719 586 16,000
China 1,360 1,360 47,800 128 92 3,590 433 150 5,570 1,920 1,600 57,000
Congo (Kinshasa) 101 101 3,170 -- -- -- -- -- -- 101 101 3,170
Finland 175 175 7,340 151 108 4,020 1,180 438 16,200 1,510 721 27,600
France 18 18 968 -- -- -- 1 (6) 23 19 18 992
Germany 14 14 1,010 4 3 336 -- -- -- 18 16 1,340
Hong Kong -- -- -- 14 10 335 -- -- -- 14 10 335
India 2 2 47 -- -- -- 206 56 1,620 208 58 1,670
Japan 273 273 10,700 3 2 176 45 12 374 321 287 11,300
Morocco 247 247 7,550 -- -- -- -- -- -- 247 247 7,550
Norway 1,650 1,650 52,300 -- -- -- -- -- -- 1,650 1,650 52,300
Russia 851 851 28,500 -- -- -- -- -- -- 851 851 28,500
South Africa 26 26 847 1 1 29 -- -- -- 27 26 876
Taiwan 5 5 99 -- -- -- 40 9 91 44 14 190
Uganda 30 30 968 -- -- -- -- -- -- 30 30 968
United Kingdom 42 42 1,500 149 108 4,580 140 54 2,360 331 204 8,440
Zambia 183 183 5,080 -- -- -- -- -- -- 183 183 5,080
Other 7 7 331 9 6 226 8 4 173 24 17 730
Total 5,870   5,870   198,000   1,460   1,050   37,500   2,130   751   27,300   9,470   7,680   262,000
2010:
Australia 711 711 28,000 -- -- -- -- -- -- 711 711 28,000
Belgium 198 198 7,310 543 391 19,400 43 11 364 784 601 27,100
Brazil 166 166 6,930 -- -- -- 20 6 245 186 172 7,180
Canada 141 141 6,700 415 299 9,160 -- -- -- 556 440 15,900
China 2,330 2,330 93,400 355 255 9,850 728 209 3,640 3,410 2,790 107,000
Congo (Kinshasa) 465 465 14,300 -- -- -- -- -- -- 465 465 14,300
Finland 276 276 14,600 242 174 7,820 1,150 403 16,500 1,660 854 38,900
France 23 23 1,490 -- -- -- 74 18 393 97 42 1,880
Germany 15 15 857 7 5 649 (6) (6) 3 22 20 1,510
India 61 61 2,560 -- -- -- 382 103 3,350 443 164 5,910
Japan 272 272 13,000 4 3 147 -- -- -- 276 274 13,200
Morocco   235   235   9,160   --   --   --   --   --   --   235   235   9,160
See footnotes at end of table.
TABLE 5-Continued
U.S. IMPORTS FOR CONSUMPTION OF COBALT, BY COUNTRY 1
 
    Metal2   Oxides and hydroxides   Other forms3   Total
Gross Cobalt Gross Cobalt Gross Cobalt Gross Cobalt
weight content4 weight content4 weight content4 weight content4
(metric (metric Value5 (metric (metric Value5 (metric (metric Value5 (metric (metric Value5
Country of origin   tons)   tons)   (thousands)   tons)   tons)   (thousands)   tons)   tons)   (thousands)   tons)   tons)   (thousands)
Norway 1,240 1,240 $51,500 -- -- -- -- -- -- 1,240 1,240 $51,500
Russia 1,520 1,520 56,100 -- -- -- -- -- -- 1,520 1,520 56,100
South Africa 321 321 13,400 2 1 $55 -- -- -- 323 322 13,400
Sweden 18 18 748 -- -- -- -- -- -- 18 18 748
Taiwan 3 3 85 -- -- -- 58 16 $576 61 19 660
Uganda 148 148 6,210 -- -- -- -- -- -- 148 148 6,210
United Kingdom 17 17 826 446 321 13,600 260 79 3,630 724 418 18,100
Zambia 576 576 22,100 -- -- -- -- -- -- 576 576 22,100
Other 10 10 360 -- -- -- 27 8 227 38 19 587
Total   8,750   8,750   350,000   2,010   1,450   60,700   2,740   854   28,900   13,500   11,100   439,000
-- Zero.
1Data are rounded to no more than three significant digits; may not add to totals shown.
2Unwrought cobalt, excluding alloys and waste and scrap; includes cobalt cathode and cobalt metal powder; may include intermediate products of cobalt metallurgy.
3Includes cobalt acetates, cobalt carbonates, cobalt chlorides, and cobalt sulfates.
4Estimated from gross weights.
5Customs value.
6Less than - unit.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Source: United States Geological Survey Mineral Resources Program

See also: Mineral commodity prices


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