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Indian thermal coal imports rise by 44%

World Coal,

India’s 12 main government-owned ports handled 36.8 million t of imported thermal coal during the April to September period, up 44% year-on-year, according to data from the Indian Ports Association.

The amount of coking coal imported into the country was 16 million t over the same period, 6% higher than the 15 million t imported last year.

Paradip port on the Indian east coast received the highest thermal coal shipments of 12.8 million t during April-September, 47% higher than the 8.7 million t imported in 2012.

Visakhapatnam port received the largest volume of coking coal cargoes, at approximately 3.53 million t, an increase of 2% from 3.45 million t a year ago.

The 12 government-owned ports are: Kolkata, Paradip, Visakhapatnam, Ennore, Chennai, VO Chidambaranar (Tuticorin), Cochin, New Mangalore, Mormugao, Mumbai, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) and Kandla.


Edited from various sources by Katie Woodward

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