Port Hedland Iron Ore

Port Hedland iron ore exports decline by 7% for November on softening Asian demand

Iron ore export volumes via Port Hedland dropped by over 7% during November 2021, with broad, modest declines across major Asian partners.

Sales to China decreased by 6.7% month-on-month to 36,485,583 tonnes, with government-enforced industrial slow downs leading into the Beijing Winter Olympics.

The figure represented a 5.9% increase in tonnage compared to the same month in 2020.

Sales to Japan dropped by 10.9% month-on-month, while shipments to South Korea recorded a 4.2% decline.

Port Hedland Export Data – November 2021
Port Hedland Export Data – November 2021. Data source: Pilbara Ports Authority

Exports of manganese ore via Port Hedland declined by 59% to 73,500 tonnes, while no spodumene concentrate exports where recorded for November.

Copper concentrate exports increased by 50% to 32702 tonnes, with output headed to Japan, the Philippines and Taiwan, Province of China.

Written By Jonathan Norris
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