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Coal exports from South Africa’s RBCT on the rise

World Coal,

South Africa’s Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) exported 5.57 million t of coal in September, jumping 8% on month from the three-month low of August.

Exports for September were also 6.4% higher than the same month last year, according to the latest operating data. Coal exports were shipped in 55 vessels comprising 34 Capesize vessels, 12 Panamax ships and nine Handysize ships.

The largest percentage of exports – 31.4% or 1.75 million t – went to Eastern Asian countries, including China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.

Southern Asia received the second largest percentage of exports in September, with 27.9% or 1.56 million t of South African coal shipped to countries including India and Pakistan.

South African coal exports to Europe in September jumped 45.2% from August to 1.43 million t, amounting to 25.6% of total shipments during the month.

Western Asia received 10.7% or 598,843 t of total RBCT exports, while exports to Southeast Asia totalled 71,496 t or 1.3% of the total volume.

Southern and eastern Africa imported 106,985 t (1.9%), while South America imported 32,999 t (0.6%) of South African coal.

Between January and September 2013, RBCT shipped 49.95 million t of coal.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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