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Current year-to-date ( YTD ) data is through October 2018.

Exports: Iron ores and concentrates

Iron ores and concentrates, the No. 262 export by value totaled $101.97 million for the month of October, $819.66 million through October of 2018, and $752.02 million for all of 2017, the latest annual data available, according to U.S. Census Bureau data analyzed by WorldCity. Need more details? Read more

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Top Markets

RankCountryYTD
1Canada$648.42 M
2Japan$114.2 M
3Mexico$48.81 M
4Germany$7.42 M
5Peru$390,000
6Hong Kong$192,465
7United Kingdom$73,675
8South Korea$23,750
9France$23,740
10United Arab Emirates$23,600
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January – October 2018

Top Ports

Total Trade: $819.66 million

RankPortTotal YTD
1Buffalo Peace Bridge, NY $374,483,826
2Port of Duluth, Minn. $171,819,041
3Sault Ste Marie International Bridge, Mich. $106,296,964
4Port of Marquette, Mich. $87,935,548
5Eagle Pass-Piedras Negras International Bridge, Border Crossing, Texas $46,757,516
6Port of Toledo, Ohio $11,011,295
7Port of New Orleans $6,161,962
8Roosville Border Crossing, Mont. $5,476,309
9Port of Baltimore, Md. $2,815,330
10International Falls, Minn. $2,367,321

U.S. exports of Iron ores and concentrates increased 28.88 percent through October to $819.66 million

U.S. exports of Iron ores and concentrates increased 28.88 percent from $635.96 million to $819.66 million through the first 10 months of 2018 when compared to the same period the previous year, according to WorldCity analysis of the latest U.S. Census Bureau data.

The category ranked 262 through October among the roughly 1,265 export commodity groupings as classified by Census. It ranked No. 295 for the last full year with a total value of $752.02 million, a $179.17 million, 31.28 percent increase from the 2016 total.

Through October of this year the top trade partners were No. 1 Canada, No. 2 Japan, No. 3 Mexico, No. 4 Germany and No. 5 Peru. The leading gateways were No. 1 Buffalo Peace Bridge, NY, No. 2 Port of Duluth, Minn., No. 3 Sault Ste Marie International Bridge, Mich., No. 4 Port of Marquette, Mich. and No. 5 Eagle Pass-Piedras Negras International Bridge, Border Crossing, Texas.

In the last previous full year, the top trade partners were No. 1 Canada, No. 2 Japan, No. 3 Mexico, No. 4 Belgium and No. 5 Australia. The leading gateways were No. 1 Port of Duluth, Minn., No. 2 Buffalo Peace Bridge, NY, No. 3 Sault Ste Marie International Bridge, Mich., No. 4 Port of Toledo, Ohio and No. 5 Port of Marquette, Mich..

January – October 2018

Top Countries

RankCountryTotal YTD
1Canada $648,418,968
2Japan $114,195,582
3Mexico $48,808,219
4Germany $7,424,530
5Peru $390,000
6Hong Kong $192,465
7United Kingdom $73,675
8South Korea $23,750
9France $23,740
10United Arab Emirates $23,600

January – October 2018

Top Districts

RankDistrictTotal YTD
1Detroit $29,898,841
2Buffalo $19,732,264
3Laredo $13,018,292
4Cleveland $11,011,295
5Minneapolis $6,231,381
6New Orleans $1,517,300
7New York City $23,740
8Philadelphia $23,600
9Portland, Maine $11,025
10Miami $4,948

Looking at specific airports, seaports and border crossings, the top five through through the first 10 months of the year were:

Highlights for the top five ports:

  • Buffalo Peace Bridge, NY rose 165.9 percent compared to last year to $374.48 million.
  • Port of Duluth, Minn. fell 3.3 percent compared to last year to $171.82 million.
  • Sault Ste Marie International Bridge, Mich. fell 5.33 percent compared to last year to $106.3 million.
  • Port of Marquette, Mich. rose 27.18 percent compared to last year to $87.94 million.
  • Eagle Pass-Piedras Negras International Bridge, Border Crossing, Texas rose 172.37 percent compared to last year to $46.76 million.

There are several hundred airports, seaports and border crossings that handle international trade; they are, in turn, part of the roughly four dozen U.S. Customs districts.

Highlights for the top five foreign markets:

  • U.S. exports to No. 1 Canada increased $155.18 million, 31.46 percent, (79.11 percent of all shipments).
  • U.S. exports to No. 2 Japan increased $1.5 million, 1.33 percent, (13.93 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 3 Mexico increased $31.17 million, 176.78 percent, (5.95 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 4 Germany increased $4.86 million, 190.03 percent, (0.91 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 5 Peru increased $390,000, 0 percent, (0.05 percent of all shipments).

All totaled, 99.95 percent of all these Iron ores and concentrates exports from the United States were shipped to the top five markets through October of this year. That is equal to $819.24 million of the $819.66 million total.

All totaled, 96.05 percent of all these Iron ores and concentrates exports from the United States were shipped from the top five Ports through October of this year. That is equal to $787.29 million of the $819.66 million total