ArmInfo.In 2020, Armenia reduced the volume of copper ore exports by 9.3% - to 509.8 thousand tons, against an increase of 32.3% in 2019. According to the data of the RA Customs Service, in value terms, the export of copper ore amounted to $ 604.4 million, with an annual decline of 3.5%.
Copper ore was exported to Switzerland (38.3%), China (33.7%), Bulgaria (28%), as well as to Georgia, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Romania.
At the same time, an increase in the export of zinc concentrate was recorded by 10.9% - up to 12.2 thousand tons, against a decline of 2.5% in 2019. Moreover, the entire volume fell on Belgium. However, the customs value decreased by 21.7%- up to $ 12.9 million.
A positive trend was also observed in the export of molybdenum concentrate, the volumes of which increased, as in the previous year, several-fold- from 2.1 thousand tons to 16.4 thousand tons, while the customs value increased 5 -fold- to $ 103.7 million. China (87.1%), as well as Switzerland (5.8%), Belgium (4.6%), Russia (2%) are the main countries where the product is exported. The export of ores containing precious metals in Armenia increased by 85.1% in 2020, to 6.1 thousand tons, against an increase of 6.7% in 2019. At the same time, in value terms, a 4-fold increase was recorded - up to $ 12.4 million. The entire volume of exported raw materials, as in the previous year, was exported to Switzerland.
According to the RA Statistical Committee, in 2020 the production of copper concentrate decreased by 6.1% to 375.6 thousand tons, zinc concentrate - by 15.1% to 12.930 thousand tons, molybdenum concentrate - 1.7 -fold to 24.844 thousand tons.