According to GlobalData, the US is the world’s fifth-largest producer of copper, with output of 1,253kt in 2022, up by 2% on 2021. Over the five years to 2021, production from the US decreased by a CAGR of 0.6% and is expected to rise by a CAGR of 4% between 2022 and 2026. GlobalData uses proprietary data and analytics to provide a complete picture of this market in its US Copper Mining to 2026 report. Buy the report here.

The US accounts for 6% of global production, with the other largest producers being Chile (25%), Peru (11%), China (9%) and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (9%). Exports of copper from the US increased by 2% to 367kt in 2022 over 2021, with the highest share being exported to Mexico. the US’s copper exports are expected to grow at a CAGR of 4% between 2022 and 2026, to 427kt by 2026.

Leading producers of copper in the US are Freeport-McMoRan, Sumitomo Metal Mining, Grupo Mexico, Rio Tinto, Lundin Mining and Newmont. Freeport-McMoRan's output was 782.19kt in 2021, up by 20% on 2020. Sumitomo Metal Mining produced 197.01kt, an increase of 11%, and output from Grupo Mexico was 161.33kt, a decrease of 4% on the previous year.

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