1.2 Billion Tonnes of Iron Ore
Over these last six decades Vale has exported more than 1.2 billion metric tons of iron ore to the Land of Japan. In 1955, Vale signed its first contract to supply iron ore to Japan, followed by an initial shipment of 9 million metric tons. In 2014, the company's exports leapt to 27.2 million metric tons. These days, Japan is one of the company's three major markets. Vale sold 6,572 million metric tons of iron ore and pellets to the country in the first quarter of 2015 alone.