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China delivered iron ore costs Q1 2017: Brazil becomes the lowest-cost supplier

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28 February 2017

China delivered iron ore costs Q1 2017: Brazil becomes the lowest-cost supplier

Report summary

Brazil will become the lowest-cost iron ore supplier to China in 2017 (on a quality adjusted basis). This is because of the ramp-up of Vale's Carajas - Serra Sul (S11D) mine and an increase in Fe-grade premiums. Fortescue Metals will retain its position as the lowest-cost supplier on an unadjusted basis, but once costs are adjusted for its low-grade product it becomes the highest-cost of the big 4 iron ore suppliers. With iron ore prices averaging above US$80/tonne so far in 2017, almost every producer is cash positive and margins are at their highest level since we started tracking them in 2013. High prices also raise the possibility of closed Chinese capacity re-entering the market.

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This report includes 7 images and tables including:

  • CFR China cash cost by country
  • CFR China cash cost by percentile
  • China full cost curve 2017 (62% Fe fines equivalent)
  • China delivered iron ore costs Q1 2017: Brazil becomes the lowest-cost supplier: Image 3
  • Cash operating margins
  • Seaborne iron ore cash cost by operator 2017 (CFR China, unadjusted for quality)
  • Seaborne iron ore cash by operator 2017 (CFR China, 62% Fe fines equivalent)

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