By Rhiannon Hoyle 
 

Iron-ore exports from Australia's Port Hedland increased by 4.5% on-month in May, according to the latest data from the local port authority.

Cargoes of iron ore leaving Port Hedland, the world's largest iron-ore shipping hub, totaled 39.4 million metric tons last month, versus 37.7 million in April, Pilbara Ports Authority said in a monthly report. Shipments destined for Japan and Korea increased, while those to China were lower on-month, it said.

In May 2015, exports of the steelmaking commodity totaled 38.0 million tons.

Some of the country's largest miners including BHP Billiton Ltd. (BHP.AU) and Fortescue Metals Group Ltd. (FMG.AU) use Port Hedland. The port is located in Australia's remote northwest Pilbara region, which supplies more than half of all the world's iron ore traded by sea.

 

Write to Rhiannon Hoyle at rhiannon.hoyle@wsj.com

 

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

June 07, 2016 01:58 ET (05:58 GMT)

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