China coal imports soar in Apr
May 17, 2012 | | Edited by Jessie Jia

China’s coal imports in Apr surged to a new high since the beginning of this year, as Chinese importers boosted imports to take advantage of cheap overseas supplies, showed the latest customs data.

In Apr, China imported 25.05 million tonnes coal (lignite included), climbing 17.1% from the month before, and jumping 90.1% from a year ago, showed data released by the General Administration of Customs.

Specifically, the imports of anthracite amounted to 3.36 million tonnes, down 11.8% month on month and dropping 10.5% year on year, while that of coking coal, thermal coal and lignite totaled 5.09 million, 7.23 million and 5.18 million tonnes, rising 22.9%, 35.6% and 20.2% from a month ago, and up 59.7%, 312.5% and 140.9% from last year respectively, data showed.

The GAC has since this year included lignite into the categories of imported coal to give a better reflection of China’s coal imports. That means, excluding lignite, the imports of hard coal expanded 14.56% from a month ago to 19.87 million tonnes in Apr, which however was still 10.25% less than the record high seen last Nov.

Total imports in the first four months hit 86.55 million tonnes, surging 69.6% from a year ago, comprising 12.57 million tonnes anthracite, 17.29 million tonnes coking coal, 25.29 million tonnes thermal coal and 16.35 million tonnes lignite, up 35.6%, 26.3%, 188.2% and 101.9% year on year respectively. 

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