Port Hedland iron ore export volumes increased by almost 18% during March 2022, driven by higher demand across all major Asian partners.
Sales to China increased by 18.4% month-on-month to 39,505,112 tonnes. The figure represented a 3.6% increase in tonnage compared to the same month in 2021.
Sales to Japan spiked by 71% month-on-month to 2,459,216 tonnes, while shipments to South Korea recorded a 29% jump to 3,405,930 tonnes.
Exports of manganese ore via Port Hedland increased by 540% month-on-month to 211,398 tonnes, achieving a 95% increase on March 2021.
Spodumene concentrate exports saw an 84.5% increase to 42,547 tonnes month-on-month, while copper concentrate exports increased by nearly 147% to 28,738 tonnes.