The export of gallium and germanium from China rose sharply in December, according to the latest figures from the customs authorities. However, while germanium is far from the previous year’s level, significantly more gallium was shipped abroad in December than in December 2022. The export data is being followed with great interest internationally due to the export regulations that have been in force since August 2023. Shortly after it came into force, some of the material was no longer exported, as the necessary export applications now must be processed, which can take up to two months. The measure is justified with national security reasons, as both raw materials are important for civilian and military technologies.
Source: Chinese Customs Administration
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