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Distribution of U.S. cobalt imports between 2014 and 2017, by country of origin
Country sources of U.S. cobalt imports 2014-2017
This statistic shows the percent distribution of cobalt imports into the United States between 2014 and 2017, sorted by country of origin. During these years, Norway accounted for 18 percent of cobalt imports into the United States.

U.S. cobalt imports

Approximately 12 percent of U.S. cobalt imports are from China and about 18 percent from Norway. Cobalt imports into the United States totaled about 12,000 metric tons in 2018. Exports accounted for about 7,700 metric tons in the same year. The largest cobalt deposits are found in the DR Congo, Canada, and Australia. Cobalt is primarily produced in the DR Congo, which produced 90,000 metric tons in 2018, in comparison to Australia’s total production of 4,700 metric tons. This metal is commonly produced as a by-product of nickel mining. Large nodules found at the bottom of the ocean may also hold large reserves of cobalt (as well as other transition metals).

Cobalt is mostly used as a metal to magnetize as well as in high-strength alloys. The salts from cobalt have been used for centuries for its pigments to color jewelry and paints. One of its isotopes, cobalt-60, can also be used as a radioactive tracer and to produce high energy gamma rays. In the U.S., apparent use (including secondary uses) accounted for some 10,000 metric tons in 2054. Nearly half of the metal was used for super alloys while more than a fourth was used for chemical and ceramic purposes.
Distribution of U.S. cobalt imports between 2014 and 2017, by country of origin
Percentage of U.S. imports
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Source

Release date

March 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

2014 to 2017

Supplementary notes

Cobalt contained in metal, oxide, and salts.

Country sources of U.S. cobalt imports 2014-2017
This statistic shows the percent distribution of cobalt imports into the United States between 2014 and 2017, sorted by country of origin. During these years, Norway accounted for 18 percent of cobalt imports into the United States.

U.S. cobalt imports

Approximately 12 percent of U.S. cobalt imports are from China and about 18 percent from Norway. Cobalt imports into the United States totaled about 12,000 metric tons in 2018. Exports accounted for about 7,700 metric tons in the same year. The largest cobalt deposits are found in the DR Congo, Canada, and Australia. Cobalt is primarily produced in the DR Congo, which produced 90,000 metric tons in 2018, in comparison to Australia’s total production of 4,700 metric tons. This metal is commonly produced as a by-product of nickel mining. Large nodules found at the bottom of the ocean may also hold large reserves of cobalt (as well as other transition metals).

Cobalt is mostly used as a metal to magnetize as well as in high-strength alloys. The salts from cobalt have been used for centuries for its pigments to color jewelry and paints. One of its isotopes, cobalt-60, can also be used as a radioactive tracer and to produce high energy gamma rays. In the U.S., apparent use (including secondary uses) accounted for some 10,000 metric tons in 2054. Nearly half of the metal was used for super alloys while more than a fourth was used for chemical and ceramic purposes.
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