China's coal imports in 2012 rise 58% on year to 289 million mt
Manila (Platts)--24Jan2013/544 am EST/1044 GMT
China imported 289 million mt of coal in 2012, up 57.9% year on year, a
compilation of the monthly China customs data released on Tuesday showed.
Of the total imports, thermal coal comprised 35.14%, coking coal 18.55%,
anthracite 11.93%, lignite 18.59% and the rest was classified as "others,"
the compilation showed.
For the month of December 2012, China imported 12.98 million mt of
thermal coal, up 62.25% from the 8 million mt imported in December 2011, data
Most of the coal imported came from Indonesia (33.05%). Next was
Australia (38.18%), South Africa (12.4%), Russia (6.58%), Mongolia (2.1%),
Canada (0.92%), Colombia (2.45%), the US (4.24%) and others (0.08%).
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Lignite imports last year mainly originated from Indonesia (93.27%), the
Philippines (4.9%) and others (1.83%).
Chinese coal imports with a calorific value of 4,000 kcal/kg NAR are
considered lignite, an industry source said.
--Cecilia Quiambao, Cecilia_quiambao@platts.com
--Edited by Haripriya Banerjee, email@example.com