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Bureau of Mines / Minerals yearbook: Area reports: international 1972
Year 1972, Volume 3 (1972)

Moore, Lyman
Chile,   pp. 209-220 PDF (1.4 MB)


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Table 2.—Chile: Exports of mineral commodities (Metric tons unless
otherwise specified) 
Commodity 1970' 1971 2 Principal destinations, 1971 
 26 NA 
 24,997 (3) (5). 
 174   NA 
 105   NA 
 1,700 ~1,53O NA. 
 161 6,702 United Kingdom 6,651; West Germany 50. 
 17,653 NA 
 197,550 ~170,300 
Refined 426,030 ' 434,800 
Semimanufactures 38,827 
41,322 
 9,752 NA 
 1,802 NA 
 7,863 NA 
 3,276 NA 
 ~3,640 3,413 
3,307 
3 
5,623 
2,089 
67,509 
See footnotes at end of table.THE MINERAL INDUSTRY OF CHILE 
TRADE - 
211 
 Despite a 3% drop in exports of blister and refined copper in 1971 from
1970, copper continued as Chile's leading mineral export commodity. Blister
shipments declined 14% but refined copper exports were 2% greater than in
1970. Sodium and salt ranked second and third in exports of mineral commodities.
- - - 
 Mineral fuels continued to account for most of Chile's imports. Details
of imports are not available for 1971; latest data available are published
in prior issues of 
this chapter.  - 
 During 1972, merchandise export returns reported by the Chilean Central
Bank decreased 11% from that of -1971 to $854.2 million, and import registrations
increased 44% to $1,411 million. Much of the increase in -the value of imports
was due to higher prices rather than greater volume. 
 A larger proportion of Chile's imports 
METALS 
Aluminum metal including alloys, all forms 
Copper: 
Ore and concentrate____________ 
Precipitate 
Slag, ash and residues 
Copper sulfate 
Metal, including alloys: 
Scrap 
Unwrought: 
Unrefined: 
Precipitates including 
cement_________ 
Blister 
Gold ore and concentrate e 
Iron and steel: 
Ore and concentratethousand ton& - 
Slag 
Metal: 
Pig iron, including cast iron~.. 
Ferroalloys 
 Steel, primary forms 
 Semimanufactures__________ Lead ore and concentrate 
Manganese ore and concentrate 
Mercury 76-pound fiasks - 
Molybdenum: 
Concentrate 
Oxide, all grades 
Silver ore and concentrate 
Tin: 
Ore and concentrate.. - - Jong ton& - 23,878 Metal, including alloys,
all forms 
do - - - 
were obtained from Communist countries in 1972 than previously because of
more liberal credit terms offered by Communist countries. Reported credits
extended by Bulgaria, the People's Republic of China (PRC), North Korea,
Poland, and the U.S.S.R., at low interest rates, totaled $~83:5 million.
- Trade agreements were signed with the PRC, Czechoslovakia, East Germany,
Hungary, North Korea, Romania, and the U.S.S.R. providing for sales during
1973-75 of about 260,000 tons of refined copper, 40,000 tons of copper concentrates,
1,000 tons of molybdenum trioxide, and 
$87 million worth of copper manufactures. Sales contracts for large quantities
of nitrate, iodine, and other products were also signed with Communist countries.
Credits of about $38 million were extended to Chile by France, the Netherlands,
Sweden, and the United Kingdom. 
United Kingdom 39,500; West Germany 37,800; United States 35,200; Japan 
31,900. 
West Germany 116,000; Italy 63,600; United Kingdom 61,900. 
1,256 Norway 489; Switzerland 325; United States 
 290. 
 (3) (i)_ 
 9,908 9,928 Japan 9,036; United States 892. 
 25,858 NA 
  NA 
 NA 
Belgium-Luxembourg 2,606; West Germany 
807. 
6,719 West Germany 2,218; Japan 2,097; Sweden 
1,097. 
NA 
 (2) (2). 
4,213 All to United Kingdom. 
NA 412 United States 269; United Kingdom 99; 
       Netherlands 44. 


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