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Pyrite by Country 2024

Pyrite, or iron pyrite, is found in coal beds and is sometimes associated with gold. Pyrite is often referred to as fool's gold because of its yellowish coloring.

Pyrite is a source of iron and sulfur. The most common uses for pyrite are in the glass and casting industry for stainless steel smelting and the chemical industry.

China is the largest producer and the fifth-largest exporter of pyrite in the world ($5.32 million). The major export destinations for Chinese iron pyrite are Bulgaria ($41M), Italy ($11.7M), Turkey ($6.24M), and Russia ($3.17M). China is also the leading importer of pyrite at 65% of all global imports.

The state of Bihar in India is the only pyrite producer in the country. India exported around $281 million in pyrite in 2022. India has an iron pyrite reserve of 1,674 million tonnes.

As the third-largest producer, Japan produces a 6.5% share of the total production of pyrite. Japan exported $3.32 million worth of iron pyrites extracted from the Oppu Mine in Aomori Prefecture, Ogoya Mine in Ishikawa Prefecture, and Hanawa Mine in Akita Prefecture.

In Italy, pyrite is found in Elba and Piedmont and is known for its size and aesthetic. Iron pyrite is metallic, opaque, brittle, and has a yellowish color that resembles gold.

Peru is the fourth-largest exporter of pyrite, with $1.6 million. Most of the pyrite exported by Peru is extracted from the Huanzala mine in Ancash.

Russian pyrite has a large concentration of iron with a refractive index of 5.1 with no fluorescence. Russia is the world's fifth-largest exporter of pyrite at $3.17 million in 2021.

Iron pyrite is found throughout the United States, including Colorado, Illinois, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Montana. As a source of iron and sulfur, pyrite in the US is commonly used to manufacture fertilizer.

- Iron sulfide (FeS₂), often referred to as iron pyrite or simply pyrite, is a sulfide mineral best known by its common name: Fool's Gold.
- Pyrite is primarily used in the production of sulfur dioxide and sulferic acid.

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Country
Export Trade Value
Import Trade Value
Bulgaria$40.96 Mn$102,849
Italy$11.66 Mn$2.79 Mn
Turkey$6.24 Mn$376,391
China$5.32 Mn$48.68 Mn
Russia$3.17 Mn$50,088
Denmark$2.05 Mn$222,806
Malaysia$2.03 Mn$31,847
United Kingdom$1.31 Mn$1.12 Mn
Peru$1.18 Mn$9,961
United States$1.16 Mn$2.28 Mn
Finland$1.10 Mn$15,402
Zambia$1.09 Mn$3,181
Austria$1.09 Mn$738,419
Germany$946,825$2.70 Mn
India$520,409$1.45 Mn
France$396,375$577,288
Spain$378,530$3.94 Mn
United Arab Emirates$322,310$382,459
Poland$321,142$711,031
Croatia$259,574$69,782
Romania$174,477$29,134
Brazil$157,763$559,533
South Africa$134,170$227,088
Netherlands$123,949$498,128
Serbia$121,735$61,478
Slovenia$106,043$617,744
Switzerland$68,386$272,755
Philippines$55,688$85,440
Japan$54,332$3.37 Mn
Kuwait$52,165$3,909
Morocco$44,340$105,386
Thailand$33,938$296,584
Ireland$27,458$51,189
Belgium$21,609$171,036
Pakistan$18,294$103,930
Kenya$17,638$6,962
Taiwan$14,632$433,815
Canada$12,453$460,542
Singapore$11,679$1.76 Mn
Mexico$11,121$819,983
Uruguay$10,566$5,075
Luxembourg$9,950$5,253
Sweden$8,696$178,330
Saudi Arabia$8,579$83,548
Guinea$8,362-
Lithuania$5,265-
Lebanon$5,100$7,100
Czech Republic$4,451$237,566
Zimbabwe$1,334$101
Portugal$1,221$59,932
Norway$1,017$37,205
Israel$1,000$72,165
Australia$692$1.67 Mn
Ecuador$553$56,692
Indonesia$523$88,725
Hong Kong$482$65,519
Egypt$453$66,566
Rwanda$412-
Colombia$403$89,997
French Polynesia$277$14,541
Oman$228$376
North Macedonia$154$34,680
Nigeria$124$20,503
Azerbaijan$97$3,078
Senegal$60-
Tanzania$44$60,835
Madagascar$41-
Belarus$20$8,721
Hungary$8$385,356
South Korea$3$766,075
Bangladesh-$115,843
DR Congo-$1.08 Mn
Vietnam-$142,950
Iran-$3,380
Uganda-$5,469
Iraq-$726
Algeria-$307,627
Argentina-$219,642
Afghanistan-$4,864
Ukraine-$313,021
Yemen-$101
Mozambique-$1,221
Ghana-$2,992
Nepal-$303
Venezuela-$33,481
Niger-$124
Syria-$5,100
Sri Lanka-$14,915
Chile-$34,621
Guatemala-$265
Cambodia-$228,680
Burundi-$83
Tunisia-$13,792
Dominican Republic-$3,226
Jordan-$9,635
Greece-$3,882
Slovakia-$2,859
Palestine-$11,869
New Zealand-$2,024
Costa Rica-$9
Moldova-$7
Bosnia and Herzegovina-$25,007
Gambia-$3,187
Armenia-$125
Qatar-$1,196
Namibia-$771
Latvia-$18
Estonia-$15
Cyprus-$1
Fiji-$1,572
Montenegro-$59
Iceland-$32
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Which country produces the most pyrite?

Based on the value of the exports, Bulgaria ships out the most pyrite. Exports from Bulgaria of unroasted pyrite had a US dollar value of $40.96 Mn.

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