North China's Inner Mongolia autonomous region imported 25.5 million tonnes of coal in 2016, surging 86.3% year on year, data from Hohhot customs showed on February 3.
The average import price stood at 246.2 yuan/t ($35.7/t), up 6.9% from the previous year, data showed.
Meanwhile, Inner Mongolia imported 9.74 million tonnes of iron ore in 2016, with average price at 305.4 yuan/t.
Ganqimaodu border crossing in the region imported 12.87 million tonnes of coal from neighboring Mongolia in 2016, soaring 108.91% year on year, accounting for 50.5% of the total coal imports.
(Writing by Katherine Wu Editing by Harry Huo)
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