ON the back of high demand for Australian iron ore and prices surpassing US$100 per tonne in May, iron ore miners have pushed up trade through ports in the Pilbara.

Pilbara Ports Authority has delivered a total monthly throughput of 63.9m tonnes for the month of May 2019. This was a 3% increase compared with the same month in 2018.

The total throughput for the 2018/19 financial year to date is 633.2m tonnes, a decrease of less than 1% from the same time last year.

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The Port of Port Hedland achieved a monthly throughput of 46.6m tonnes, of which 46.2m was iron ore exports. The monthly throughput was a 2% increase from May 2018.

Imports through the Port of Port Hedland totalled 157,000 tonnes, an increase of 17% from the same month in 2018.

The Port of Dampier delivered a total monthly throughput of 15.9Mt, an increase of less than 1% from May 2018.

Imports through the Port of Dampier totalled 94,000 tonnes, an increase of 15% from the same month in 2018.

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