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The story on iron ore

The story on iron ore

Since the beginning of 2014 the iron ore price has declined by around 20 per cent, from US$130-$135/tonne, to US$105-$110/tonne. Unusually, the Australian dollar to US dollar exchange rate has, over this period, appreciated slightly to just over US$0.90.

In the December 2013 quarter, Australia exported 151.5 million tonnes of iron ore, or an annualised 606m tonnes. While a US$25/tonne price reduction would compress the annual export value by US$15 billion, this should be partially made up from expanding volumes.

For context, Australia exported $247 billion of goods in the year to June 2013, and iron ore accounted for $57.2 billion or 23 per cent. The fiscal 2012/13 merchandise trade surplus was $10.5 billion, and this looks set to come under pressure.

Readers will be interested to see China and Japan accounted for a combined 50 per cent of Australia’s exports, while China, Japan, South Korea, India and the USA accounted for a combined two-thirds of Australia’s exports.

 

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