Current year-to-date ( YTD ) data is through May 2020.

Exports: Iron ores and concentrates

Iron ores and concentrates, the No. 297 export by value totaled $109.66 million for the month of May, $274.62 million through May of 2020, and $988.9 million for all of 2019, 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$202.31 M
2Japan$53.5 M
3Slovakia$10.87 M
4Austria$3.93 M
5United Kingdom$3.65 M
6Mexico$291,796
7India$30,549
8Costa Rica$21,772
9South Korea$14,000
10Ecuador$13,173
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U.S. exports of Iron ores and concentrates decreased 12.76 percent through May to $274.62 million

U.S. exports of Iron ores and concentrates decreased 12.76 percent from $314.79 million to $274.62 million through the first five months of 2020 when compared to the same period the previous year, according to WorldCity analysis of the latest U.S. Census Bureau data.

The category ranked 297 through May among the roughly 1,265 export commodity groupings as classified by Census. It ranked No. 302 for the last full year with a total value of $988.9 million, a $8.12 million, 0.83 percent increase from the 2018 total.

Through May of this year the leading sources were No. 1 Canada, No. 2 Japan, No. 3 Slovenia, No. 4 Mexico and No. 5 Austria. The leading gateways were No. 1 Buffalo Peace Bridge, NY, No. 2 Sault Ste Marie International Bridge, Mich., No. 3 Port of Duluth, Minn., No. 4 Port of Ashtabula, Ohio and No. 5 Port of Marquette, Mich..

In the last previous full year, the leading sources 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 Port of Corpus Christi, Texas.

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

Highlights for the top five ports:

  • Buffalo Peace Bridge, NY fell 22.55 percent compared to last year to $96.33 million.
  • Sault Ste Marie International Bridge, Mich. fell 10.29 percent compared to last year to $47.88 million.
  • Port of Duluth, Minn. fell 28.36 percent compared to last year to $47.46 million.
  • Port of Ashtabula, Ohio totaled $43.26 million. The previous year, there were no exports in this category.
  • Port of Marquette, Mich. rose 1.46 percent compared to last year to $31.66 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 from No. 1 Canada increased $1.97 million, 0.25 percent, (286.01 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports from No. 2 Japan increased $19.34 million, 14.72 percent, (54.87 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports from No. 3 Slovenia increased $29.71 million, 0 percent, (10.82 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports from No. 4 Mexico decreased $51.4 million, 89.12 percent, (2.29 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports from No. 5 Austria increased $5.57 million, 0 percent, (2.03 percent market share).

All totaled, 98.87 percent of all these Iron ores and concentrates exports from the United States were shipped from the top five markets through May of this year. That is equal to $977.68 million of the $988.9 million total.

All totaled, 97.07 percent of all these Iron ores and concentrates exports to the United States were shipped to the top five Ports through May of this year. That is equal to $266.59 million of the $274.62 million total