Port Hedland Iron Ore Exports To China Rise 7 %
Shipments to China amounted to 28.89 million tonnes in April, up from 27.04 million in March, data from the Port Hedland Port Authority showed.
That was almost 50 percent higher than in April last year, a sign of still resilient demand from the Asian giant and of Australia's success in grabbing market share from other producers.
Overall shipments of iron ore from Port Hedland edged up to a fresh record of 34.82 million tonnes, from 34.43 million in March. That compares to 26 million tonnes in April last year.
Shipments to South Korea fell back to 2.62 million tonnes in April, from 4.1 million tonnes the previous month. Shipments to Japan picked up to 2.48 million tonnes, from just over 2 million tonnes in March.
The steel-making mineral is Australia's single biggest export earner.
(Reporting by Wayne Cole; Editing by Richard Pullin)