Although iron ore exports were down 8%, to 14.2 million tons, earnings from Ukraine’s iron ore sales almost doubled, reaching $2.3 billion

. With mines in Brazil and South Africa closed due to Covid-19 infections among staff, the world price of a ton of iron ore has jumped from $40 to $200,  wrote Oleksandr Kalenkov, President of Ukrmetallurgprom, the metals association, on Facebook. Top consumers of Ukrainian iron ore in 2021 are: China – 44%; Poland – 9%; Czech Republic – 9%.