Chinese imports of iron ore for the first quarter of 2012 were 187 MT, which is a record high for the largest importer in the world and is 5% up from the last quarter. The top 10 origin countries were:
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Those percentages are compared to the last quarter (Q4 2011), when compared the the start of 2011 the imports from India have fallen 47% with the slack taken up predominantly by imports from Australia. Imports from Iran, Russia and Peru also fell when compared to the same quarter of 2011.