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World mineral statistics data

Welcome to the World Mineral Statistics archive data download page. The British Geological Survey (BGS) and its predecessor organisations have compiled production and trade statistics on a wide range of mineral commodities since 1913. As part of our ongoing work to make these data more accessible we have created an online tool which allows users to extract the data in Microsoft Excel format.

Data availability

Currently this tool permits access to data from the World Mineral Statistics archive for the years 1970 to 2015. Additional years of data will be added to this page in due course. Prior to 1970 the data are available in PDF files which you can download for free from the main archive page.

For certain commodities data are not available for all years, for example the BGS commenced collation of data for primary aggregates in 1998 and consequently there are no data for earlier years for this particular commodity. Trade data (imports and exports) are available for all countries up to 2002, and for selected European countries only from 2003 to 2014.

Method

  1. Please read the standard terms and conditions for the use of this dataset and tick the box to confirm that you accept them
  2. Select the "Data type": either "Production", "Imports" or "Exports"
  3. Select the commodity you require: only one commodity may be selected at a time
  4. Select the starting and ending years for the period required: a maximum of ten years are allowed at a time
  5. Select either "All countries" or an individual country
  6. Click "Submit". Large data tables for multiple years and all countries may take a few seconds to generate
  7. A preview table will be created and this can be downloaded to Microsoft Excel using the button beneath the table

General points regarding the data returned

Blank cells in the data tables mean that data are not available for that particular year, commodity and country.

The # symbol represents "Break in series" which means that data either side of the symbol may not be consistent.

Footnotes and table notes are shown beneath the data table. A footnote relates to an individual figure, as indicated by the footnote letters. Table notes relate to the entire table for the years indicated.

The period for which a table note applies begins with the year shown and ends either at the end of your selection or the beginning of a replacement note. Replacement table notes are indicated by duplicate table note numbers.