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India thermal coal imports jump 24%

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World Coal,

Indian ports saw a 24% increase in thermal coal imports at major ports from April – July, according to data from the Indian Ports Association. Nine ports handled 32.5 million t, up from 26.3 million over the same period in 2014.

Port of Paradip handled the most thermal coal with imports of 10.2 million t – almost a third of the total – up from 8.9 million t in 2014. It also handled almost 3 million t of metallurgical coal. Overall, metallurgical coal imports were steady at 10.7 million t.

India has 12 major ports that handle about 61% of the country’s total cargo traffic. Of these, Kolkata, Paradip, Visakhapatnam, Kamarajar (Ennore), V.O.Chidambaranar, New Mangalore, Mormugao, Mumbai and Kandla handled coal.

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