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Iron ore exports fell 52% in 2013

Date 16-January-2014
Subject Iron ore exports fell 52% in 2013

Bangalore : Continuing a downward trend for a fifth year in a row, India's iron ore exports declined 52.5 per cent to 14.1 million tonnes for the calendar year 2013 (CY13).

This includes 820,000 tonnes of iron ore pellets. In CY2012, exports were 29.7 mt. The export in 2013 was a tenth of the peak seen in 2009. India is now the 10th largest exporter, from fourth the previous year, in the world.

China is the world's largest consumer of iron ore; 80-90 per cent of global export goes there. The decline in 2013 was mainly due to the absence of Goa as compared to the previous year. Mining and transportation Goa was suspended there in the second half of 2012.

"From 2014, the situation might improve but not dramatically. With more caps and bans on production and exports India might never regain its Number 3 ranking in the global export market," according to Delhi-based OreTeam Exim Pvt Ltd, which tracks the industry.

CY 2013 also saw India's ranking going below 10th on the global list of exporters of iron ore to China. Till 2011, India was behind only Australia and Brazil, both exporting 90-95 per cent of their surplus to the China. "However, we expect Goan iron ore to rejoin the export race in 2014, giving some lift to the volumes," he said.

Source : dailyshippingtimes.com

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