Australia's largest iron ore handling port Hedland exported 468 million tonnes of the mineral material to China last year, up 7.15% from a year earlier, data from Pilbara Port Authority showed.
China is the destination for 86.5% of the port's exports last year, which totaled 541 million tonnes, up 4.53% year on year.
In December, Hedland's iron ore exports to China totaled 39.96 million tonnes, up 16.02% month on month, hitting a new high since September, down 3.48% year on year though.
The port exported 46.5 million tonnes of iron ore in December, a new high since July, with 85.9% flowing into China.
Hedland is one of the largest iron ore handling ports in the world. BHP, FMG and Roy Hill Holdings ship iron ore outside through this port.
(Writing by Alex Guo Editing by Tammy Yang)
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