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Switzerland sent 524 tonnes of gold to China last year, most since 2018
By Peter Hobson
via Nasdaq.com, New York
Tuesday, January 24, 2023
LONDON -- Swiss exports of gold to countries including China, Turkey, Singapore, and Thailand surged to multi-year highs last year, Swiss customs data showed today, as low prices boosted demand from consumers in Asia and the Middle East.
Rising interest rates caused many financial investors in Europe and North America to sell gold in 2022, releasing large amounts of metal from storage and pushing down prices.
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This allowed bullion to flow to Asian markets, which are more focused on retail of jewellery and small gold bars to consumers who typically buy more when prices drop. Economic instability also spurred demand for gold, which many see as a safe investment, particularly in Turkey, where inflation has rocketed.
Switzerland is the world's biggest gold refining and transit hub. It imports bullion from mines and storage centres around the world for processing and re-export. ...
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