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Cutebwoy: U.S. imports record amount of gold from Switzerland as virus upends trade

May 27, 2020

LONDON, May 26 (Reuters) – Swiss exports of gold to the United States leapt to 111.7 tonnes in April — by far the biggest monthly total on record — while shipments to other destinations dwindled, customs data showed on Tuesday.

The global gold market has been turned on its head by the novel coronavirus, with demand in China and India collapsing due to lockdowns while in the West investors rushed to buy bullion as a safe asset to weather a period of financial turmoil.

High prices on CME Group’s Comex exchange spurred shipments to New York.

Switzerland, a major trading, vaulting and refining centre for precious metals, exported a total of 131.8 tonnes of gold in April, up from 96.2 tonnes in March but slightly lower than in April 2019.

The United States, which typically imports less than a tonne of gold a month from Switzerland, accounted for 85% of that total.

Switzerland meanwhile shipped 500 kgs (0.5 tonnes) of gold to India, 1 kg to Hong Kong and no gold at all to China in April. Each of these destinations usually receive tens of tonnes of metal from Switzerland each month.

Following are the numbers for April 2020 and comparisons.


Apr-20      131,755

Mar-20       96,198

Apr-19      143,179


To                China    To Hong Kong    To India     To the U.S.

Apr-20           0            1                       500             111,678

Mar-20           0          152                  6,637           43,212

Apr-19      24,750       33,694          58,845          973

* Source: Swiss trade data. Data subject to revision by

source.(Reporting by Peter Hobson; editing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise)