Iron ore ex­ports on the rise

North West Telegraph - - News - Robert Dougherty

Iron ore ex­ports trav­el­ling out of the Port of Port Hed­land have risen since the same time last year.

A Pil­bara Ports Au­thor­ity spokes­woman said iron ore ex­ports had in­creased by 8 per cent com­pared to March last year at the port.

“PPA has de­liv­ered a to­tal monthly through­put of 57.5 mil­lion tonnes for the month of March, 2018 — this was an in­crease of 5 per cent from the same month in 2017,” she said.

“The Port of Port Hed­land achieved a monthly through­put of 42.9 mil­lion tonnes, an in­crease of 9 per cent from the pre­vi­ous year.

“Im­ports through the Port of Port Hed­land to­talled 134,000 tonnes — a de­crease of 5 per cent from the same month in 2017.”

The Port of Dampier suf­fered de­creases across the board, with to­tal monthly through­put of 14.2Mt, an 8 per cent re­duc­tion on 2017, and im­ports to­talling 79,000 tonnes were also down 8 per cent from the same time last year.

Ninety-five per cent of ex­ports from the PPA were iron ore-re­lated in 20162017, with liq­ue­fied nat­u­ral gas and liq­ue­fied petroleum gas mak­ing up 4 per cent and salt 0.5 per cent, among other ex­ports.

Im­ports in the same pe­riod were 75 per cent fu­els, 16 per cent were gen­eral cargo, one per cent was am­mo­nium ni­trate, and 8 per cent were other goods.

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