The average annual export of salt lake chemicals in the Qaidam Basin has increased by 40%, and the export of lithium iron phosphate has dominated China
The Qinghai Provincial Department of Commerce told a reporter from China News Agency on the 6th that the latest statistics show that the average annual export of salt lake chemical products in China's "cornucopia" Qinghai Qaidam Basin has increased by 40%, especially the export of lithium iron phosphate dominates China.
The Qaidam Basin in western China is the main distribution area of salt lakes and salt minerals such as potassium, sodium, magnesium and lithium in Qinghai Province. Since the 1950s, the fruitful geological prospecting results have established the Qaidam Basin as a "cornucopia". At present, Qinghai is building a world-class salt lake industrial base here.
According to reports, in recent years, Qinghai Province has accelerated the construction of a world-class salt lake industrial base, and the export scale of the province's salt lake chemical products has continued to expand and the quality has continued to improve.
According to the latest statistics, the export value of salt lake chemical products in Qinghai Province in 2017 was 45.078 million yuan (RMB, the same below), and by 2021 the export value will reach 173.265 million yuan, with an average annual growth of 40.02%. From January to July this year, the export volume of salt lake chemical products in Qinghai Province was 303.04 million yuan, an increase of 182.9% over the same period last year. While the quantity has grown rapidly, the quality of export business has continued to improve.
Analysis shows that in 2017, the export volume of salt lake chemical products accounted for only 1.6% of the total export volume of Qinghai Province. In 2021, the proportion will reach 10.2%, and the proportion has increased to 20.4% in the first seven months of this year. The salt lake chemical industry has contributed to the development of foreign trade in the province. The supporting role is prominent. At the same time, the added value of salt lake chemical products has also continued to increase. Export products have gradually upgraded from low value-added products such as calcium chloride and magnesium chloride, which cost less than 1,000 yuan per ton, to polyvinyl chloride, which costs about 7,000 yuan per ton. About 100,000 yuan per ton of lithium iron phosphate and about one million yuan of lithium metal. In particular, relying on the advantages of lithium resources in the salt lakes of the Qaidam Basin, the export of lithium iron phosphate in Qinghai Province occupies a dominant position in China. In the first seven months of this year, the total export of lithium iron phosphate in Qinghai Province accounted for 53.4% of the national total.
The Qinghai Provincial Department of Commerce stated that in 2017, the export markets of salt lake chemical products in Qinghai Province were mainly developing countries such as Thailand and Indonesia. Export to the Netherlands, France, the United States, Japan, South Korea and other developed countries and Taiwan.