China will expand trade with Sierra Leone this year to a record $2 billion as the world’s largest user of iron ore seeks more of the material for steelmaking.

Trade will rise 33 percent from about $1.5 billion in 2013, Johnson Jiang, commercial secretary at the Chinese embassy, said in an interview in Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown. Trade in the first nine months of last year totaled $1.18 billion.