Port Hedland iron ore export volumes rose by 4.3% during May 2022, with increases in business with key Chinese and Japanese partners.
Sales to China were up by 2.5% month-on-month at 40,451,705 tonnes. The figure represented a 0.7% increase in tonnage compared to the same month in 2021.
Sales to Japan increased by 54% month-on-month to 2,644,677 tonnes, while shipments to South Korea dropped by 9.5% to 2,805,564 tonnes.
Spodumene concentrate exports saw a 37.5% month-on-month increase to 54,540 tonnes, while copper concentrate exports declined by 37% to 10,502 tonnes.
Manganese ore exports resumed at the port during May, with a total of 107,252 tonnes shipped to China.