While iron ore remains the dominant commodity exported through Port Hedland, other exports important are salt, manganese, copper concentrates, livestock.

Growth exports include:

  • Lithium, exported as spodumene concentrate, is forecast to grow significantly over the next 10 years, from 180,000 dry metric tonnes in 2019-20 to 370,000 DMT in 2020-21 and then again to 1,500,000 DMT in 2021-22. In subsequent years, total production is expected to average 1,600,000 DMT to 2028/29, and
  • More recently Port Hedland has become a hub for container shipped goods, with a regular direct connection between Singapore and Port Hedland for break-bulk and out of gauge cargo.