Thursday, November 1 2018
By GCRU Gold News on Thursday, November 1 2018, 22:13
Where the gold is going is certainly no secret. Whilst the West has not got a clue of the strategic significance of physical gold, the East’s accumulation of the yellow metal continues unabated.
Since 2008 just China and India have accumulated 26,000 tonnes of gold. That is a remarkable figure and virtually the total mine production for that period. There are many other Eastern countries which also continue to buy major quantities of gold such as Russia, Turkey, Iran and Thailand.
Saturday, July 21 2018
By GCRU Gold News on Saturday, July 21 2018, 06:30
Venezuela exported $779 million of gold to Turkey in 2018, according to Turkish government statistics, further evidence that the South American country is shifting its pattern of trade following a wave of sanctions that began last year.
Venezuela’s Mining Minister Victor Cano on Wednesday said the central bank was exporting gold to Turkey rather than Switzerland due to concerns about sanctions, without specifying the amount that was being sent.
Thursday, April 19 2018
By GCRU Gold News on Thursday, April 19 2018, 03:45
Demand for physical gold was lower-than-usual during a key festival in the world’s second biggest consumer India as local prices peaked and a cash crunch curbed retail spending.
On Wednesday, Indians celebrated the annual festival of Akshaya Tritiya, when buying gold is considered auspicious.
Wednesday, April 18 2018
By GCRU Gold News on Wednesday, April 18 2018, 02:44
The London Float (ie available gold - supply) for December = 888 tonnes
Note: China's SGE withdrawals (demand) last 5 months = 909 tonnes
Friday, April 6 2018
By GCRU Gold News on Friday, April 6 2018, 00:42
The revised numbers from Singapore shine a new light on Chinese imports. Tellingly, Singapore has been a massive exporter to China since 2013. According to Statlink, Singapore net exported 102 tonnes to China in 2017, a record year and up 177 % from 2016.
Wednesday, January 31 2018
By GCRU Gold News on Wednesday, January 31 2018, 01:50
India took over from the United Kingdom as the biggest recipient of Swiss gold exports last year, with its imports rising by a quarter year on year to 406,417 kg. Exports to major gold consumers China and Hong Kong fell.
The UK was the biggest source of gold imports into Switzerland last year, with 317,951 kilograms tonnes shipped. London is also a major vaulting centre for gold.
Monday, January 22 2018
By GCRU Gold News on Monday, January 22 2018, 01:54
Gold demand in China firmed this week as retailers stocked up ahead of the Chinese New Year while price discounts widened in India, partly on expectations of a reduction in import duty in next month’s budget.
Thursday, November 2 2017
By GCRU Gold News on Thursday, November 2 2017, 00:49
Turkey purchased a record $13.8bn of gold from abroad this year, $9.8bn more than in the same period last year, Bloomberg reported. The central bank has also increased its gold holdings to a three-year high, boosting its vault of precious metals by $7.5bn since December, according to official figures.
Monday, July 31 2017
By GCRU Gold News on Monday, July 31 2017, 10:05
Overall, within the 2013 – 2015 period that is about 4200 – 4600 tonnes of gold being converted into kilogram and other smaller denomination high purity gold bars and sent to markets in China, India, Hong Kong and elsewhere in Asia. This is gold above and beyond mine supply and scrap supply. Where has all of this gold come from? Some of it is proven to be from gold-backed ETFs. Some is most probably also from central bank vaults, in which case the central banks do not have the gold that they claim to have. Which everybody know anyway, as much central bank gold has been lent out and is merely a fiction on the central bank balance sheets. But there may also be other stockpiles of Good Delivery gold bars which are also feeding this huge trend. Until the LBMA begins to publish its vault statistics, any grey area unreported gold vault inventories in London are still being kept in the dark.
If the trend of raiding ETFs and borrowing central bank gold to send to Switzerland to convert into kilogram bars for the Asian markets continues, then this is not and cannot be sustainable. The question is how long it can remain sustainable, in other words when will it become unsustainable?
Thursday, July 20 2017
By GCRU Gold News on Thursday, July 20 2017, 01:21
According to the recently released data by the Australian Government June 2017 Resources and Energy Quarterly, Australia exported more gold to Hong Kong and China during the first quarter of 2017 than any other quarter in history.
Australian gold exports to Hong Kong and China were 54% higher Q1 2017 versus the same quarter last year:
Saturday, June 24 2017
By GCRU Gold News on Saturday, June 24 2017, 01:23
Gold exports from Switzerland totaled 170 mt in May, up 39% from 122 mt in April, Swiss federal customs data showed Thursday.
The total is largely unchanged from a year earlier, down 2% from 174 mt in May 2016, but is the highest volume of the year so far.
India was the largest destination for Switzerland's gold for the fifth straight month, with 68 mt exported in May, up from 18.5 mt in May 2016.
The volume is up 40% from April and is the largest export volume to the country for 18 months.
Monday, June 19 2017
By GCRU Gold News on Monday, June 19 2017, 02:23
Apprehension of higher goods and services tax (GST) rate and an increase in demand led to a surge in India’s gold imports by 236.7% to $5 billion in May, causing the highest level of trade deficit in two and a half years.
This is the fourth consecutive month since February when gold imports have more than doubled compared to the same month a year ago.
Monday, June 5 2017
By GCRU Gold News on Monday, June 5 2017, 23:18
SINGAPORE's strategy to develop itself as a gold hub has proven successful, as its imports and exports almost doubled in the years after the goods and services tax (GST) was removed for investment-grade precious metals in 2012.
In numbers released for the first time, statistics from International Enterprise Singapore (IE Singapore) show that total imports and exports of gold in Singapore have expanded from 474 tonnes in 2012 - when the GST exemption started - to a peak of 823 tonnes in 2014 before falling to 618 tonnes last year.
Wednesday, April 26 2017
By GCRU Gold News on Wednesday, April 26 2017, 02:02
US gold recycling to remain subdued, despite forecast of rising gold prices
By GCRU Gold News on Wednesday, April 26 2017, 01:34
Net-gold imports by the world's top gold consumer through the port of Hong Kong rose to 111.647 tonnes in March from 47.931 tonnes in February, according to data emailed to Reuters by the Hong Kong Census and Statistics Department.
Monday, April 17 2017
By GCRU Gold News on Monday, April 17 2017, 03:01
January-March 2017 has been the best fourth quarter in terms of gold imports since early 2013.
Gold imports in the last quarter stood at 230 tonnes, and more than 100 tonnes is estimated to have been imported in March alone.
Wednesday, April 12 2017
By GCRU Gold News on Wednesday, April 12 2017, 23:45
Gold imports by India are said to have jumped almost seven-fold in March from a year earlier as jewelers stocked up anticipating a demand recovery during the wedding season that began this month and the auspicious Hindu gold-buying day of Akshaya Tritiya.
Shipments advanced 582.5 percent to 120.8 metric tons last month from a year earlier, according to a person familiar with provisional data from the finance ministry, who asked not to be identified as the data aren’t public.
Wednesday, April 5 2017
By GCRU Gold News on Wednesday, April 5 2017, 03:30
Turkey imports 28.2 tonnes of gold in February
Tuesday, March 21 2017
By GCRU Gold News on Tuesday, March 21 2017, 01:08
As long as supply and demand for physical gold are in rough equilibrium, there is no catalyst for a sudden spike in gold prices, apart from the usual geopolitical flight to quality demand. But, as soon as demand begins to overwhelm supply, then it’s “game on” for significantly higher physical gold prices followed by the toppling of the inverted pyramid of paper gold contracts.
Saturday, February 25 2017
By GCRU Gold News on Saturday, February 25 2017, 01:53
In the fourth quarter, Chinese investors ramped up demand for gold as a means of hedging against movements in the renminbi. This led to outflows of the metal.
The Chinese market uses gold bars in a different size to the ones that are held in London so they import via Switzerland where the bars are recast, said Oliver Harvey, a foreign exchange analyst with Deutsche Bank. In the final three months of 2016, UK goods exports to Switzerland increased by 282 per cent to their highest level ever.