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This is a list of countries by iron ore production based on U.S. Geological Survey data. The mine production estimates for China are estimated from the National Bureau of Statistics China's crude ore statistics, rather than usable ore as reported for the other countries.
Iron ore smelter International sales of iron ore exported by country totaled US$92.6 billion in 2018, declining by 26.3% since 2014 when iron ore shipments were valued at $125.7 billion and shrinking by 0.9% from 2017 to 2018. From a continental perspective, Oceania led by Australia sold the greatest amount of exported iron ore at 50.4% of the global total.
Top 10 Iron Producing Countries List. Iran The usable ore for the Iron production in Iran has been subject to change in recent years. In 2013 that figure went up towards 35 Million Tonnes (MT) of usable ore. It is now 26 MT with an output of 15 MT of granulated Iron in the year 2016.
This statistic shows the worldwide iron ore production 20122018, by country. The mine production of iron ore in the United States reached approximately 56 million metric tons in 2014.
Why is Iron Ore Valuable? Iron ore is a rock from which the metal iron is extracted. About 98% of the worlds iron is used to produce steel.. Pure iron is an element and a soft grayishwhite metal. Other than meteorites that fall from the sky, iron is never found by itself in nature.
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