Of all earnings from exports worldwide, 1.2% is from ores. Ores are the unprocessed state in which minerals are found. If the minerals are of value to people, they are extracted. Ores are put to many uses, ranging from making fertilisers and steel, to the working of precious metals to make jewellery. Also in this category are sand, stone, gravel and scrap metals.
Territories in South America and Asia Pacific have the largest total ore exports (US$ net). Territories in these regions are also the top five in the table of highest ore exports when measured per person.
Value of exported ore
Papua New Guinea