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SYDNEY, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Australia's Port Hedland, a major terminal for iron ore exports, has resumed normal operations after briefly shutting due to a tropical storm that hit the far west Australian coastline.
Port Hedland is used by BHP Billiton , Fortescue Metals Group and Atlas Iron to ship ore, currently at an annual rate of more than 200 million tonnes per year, accounting for a fifth of global seaborne trader in the steel-making raw material.
"The port reopened to shipping yesterday evening and normal operations have now resumed," the Port Authority of Port Hedland said in a statement on Thursday. The port was closed for a total of 21 hours, according to the authority.
Category 1 Cyclone Peta -- the weakest on a scale of one-to-five -- forced Port Hedland, Cape Lambert and Dampier ports to shut down on Tuesday, halting almost half of the world's iron ore trade.