WA exports to China have reached $200 million a day, defying suggestions of an end to the mining boom.
And that growth is tipped to accelerate with new forecasts that iron ore exports will jump by one-third over the next 12 months.
Australian Bureau of Statistics figures showed total exports from WA to China hit a record $6 billion during August, a 16 per cent jump on the value of exports out of the State in July and $2 billion higher than a year ago. The bulk of those exports was iron ore.
Much of the growth has been driven by the lower Australian dollar and the improvement in the price of iron ore. A year ago iron ore prices were sub-$US100 a tonne with the dollar well above parity.
During August iron ore averaged more than $US130 a tonne and the dollar about US90Â¢.
It's not just China taking WA commodities. WA exports to Japan reached $2.3 billion, the third best monthly performance on record.
Three-quarters of all WA exports now go to the two nations.
China's importance to the rest of the nation is also growing. More than 35 per cent of all Australian exports in July and August were shipped to China.
For the same period last year, less than 30 per cent of all exports headed to China.
The Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics believes a lower dollar and continuing demand will mean the nation's dependence on China will continue to grow.
In forecasts released yesterday, it said iron ore exports would grow 33 per cent this year to a record $36.2 billion.
Bureau executive director Bruce Wilson said despite mineral and energy exports falling 8 per cent to $177 billion last financial year, the future looked bright.
"Over the period 2013-14 to 2017-18, the bureau projects that Australian export revenues will grow at an annual average rate of 7 per cent to total $293 billion in 2017-18," Mr Wilson said."Growth in export revenue will be driven by two main factors - substantial growth in bulk commodity export volumes, particularly for LNG and iron ore, and a lower Australian dollar."