“(The trade data) is definitely putting a dampener on price,” said Anna Stablum, commodities broker at Marex Spectron.
London copper prices have roughly traded within $9,000-$10,000 a tonne since hitting a record high of $10,747.50 per tonne in May, weighed down by slipping Chinese demand and fears of monetary policy tightening.
The European Central Bank will debate a stimulus cut on Thursday, while the Reserve Bank of Australia stuck with plans to taper its bond buying but said it would extend the timeline as the economy struggles with coronavirus lockdowns.
Copper is often used to gauge global economic health, and any policy tightening might decelerate post-pandemic recovery.
Prices for aluminium ore bauxite from Guinea hit their highest in almost 18 months in top metals consumer China on Monday as buyers fretted about supply after a coup in the West African country, though no mines reported any disruption.
LME aluminium fell 0.6% to $2,757.50 a tonne, nickel declined 0.8% to $19,495 a tonne, lead decreased 0.4% to $2,267 a tonne while zinc rose 0.1% to $3,010.50 a tonne.
ShFE aluminium edged up 0.4% to 21,730 yuan a tonne, nickel declined 1.5% to 145,120 yuan a tonne and lead dropped 1.1% to 14,895 yuan a tonne.