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Commodities at a Glance

Special Issue on Rare Earths

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The series “Commodities at a Glance” aims to collect, present and disseminate accurate and relevant statistical information linked to international primary commodity markets in a clear, concise and reader-friendly format. Data on Rare Earths are sparse and there is no dedicated international public institution that monitors the rare earth market to provide authoritative and objective statistics on the sector. As a result, this report has attempted to combine several sources of information in order to present the most possible accurate picture on the rare earths market.

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Conclusion

The issue of rare earth elements discussed in this report is complex and sensitive. The main difficulty is the lack of systematic and authoritative information. The main sources of information used are reports issued by national or intergovernmental authorities (e.g. China, European Union, United States) and by a number of private companies involved in the rare earth sector, from extraction to financing and trading. Research publications also provide valuable information. The challenge is how best to combine this disparate information in order to produce an objective analysis of this delicate issue. This report is the result of a balancing act.

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