Which Country Produces the Most Iron Ore?

Iron Ore Production (kt), 2015 or latest
Metals & Mining | February 22, 2018
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Based on a comparison of 49 countries in 2015, China ranked the highest in iron ore production with 1,381,288 kt followed by Australia and Brazil. On the other end of the scale was Ecuador with 0.408 kt, Guatemala with 0.778 kt and Uganda with 9.00 kt.

Data for more countries are available at Iron Ore Production indicator page.

Iron Ore Production Unit 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Australia kt 394,403 433,452 477,330 519,859 615,523
Brazil kt 331,000 372,300 460,400 400,600 316,800
Canada kt 31,699 37,001 33,573 39,427 42,770
Chile kt 8,242 9,130 12,625 17,330 17,108
China kt 880,171 1,077,705 1,326,942 1,309,637 1,451,011
India kt 218,553 207,157 168,582 136,618 152,183
Iran kt 31,994 35,549 38,260 32,138 57,226
Kazakhstan kt 46,248 50,190 51,742 52,614 51,759
Mexico kt 17,693 21,210 19,403 22,600 28,545
Russia kt 92,000 95,500 104,000 104,000 102,100
South Africa kt 55,313 58,709 58,057 67,100 71,543
Sweden kt ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 20,646 28,797 30,840 32,198 37,411
USA kt 26,700 49,500 54,700 54,000 53,000
Ukraine kt 66,452 78,541 80,900 67,149 70,389
Venezuela kt 14,207 14,331 16,348 15,403 11,198