The U.S. Continues To Import A Record Amount Of Silver While Flows Into India Nearly Dry Up

U.S. demand for silver continued to remain strong as imports surged higher in September after a decline in August. However, the opposite was true for India as silver imports during the same month collapsed to an all-time low. What a difference in just a few years, as India imported nearly 500 metric tons on average a month last year.

According to the data from, India’s silver imports in September fell to only 11 metric tons (mt) compared to 169 mt during the same month last year. That’s a 93% decline year-over-year. Interestingly, during July last year, India imported an average of 33 metric tons of silver a day.

However, in September of this year, it was a total of only 11 metric tons. That’s a tad bit more than 350,000 oz. What’s going on? Of course, the pandemic likely was part of the reason for the decline in silver imports, but the silver price rising to an average of $27-$28 during September likely curtailed buying by Indian investors.

While India’s silver imports nearly dried up in September, it was a totally different story for the United States. Total silver imports jumped to 745 metric tons in September, up from 524 metric tons in August. When you put India and U.S. silver imports side-by-side, you can see a huge difference.

The United States imported 66 times more silver than India in September. In just the past few months, U.S. silver imports totaled 2,309 metric tons, or 74 million oz. As we can see, the U.S. has imported roughly 2.5 times more silver than India during the first three-quarters of the year. The majority of U.S. silver imports were in bullion form.

The next chart shows just the U.S. silver bullion imports for January through September.

As mentioned in a previous post, U.S. silver bullion imports surged to a record high of 988 metric tons in July. Then they fell to 456 metric tons in August and rebounded again in September to 660 metric tons. Total U.S. silver bullion imports for January through September are 4,270 metric tons, or 137 million oz.

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