China imported around 831,000 tonnes of coal from Gladstone port in Australia's central Queensland in January, showed data released by the Gladstone Ports Corporation on February 6.
The shipments rose 45.03% from 573,000 tonnes a year ago, and down 39.43% from 1.37 million tonnes in December, according to the data.
Gladstone Ports Corporation handles 42 types of coal across 90 stockpile zones, of which coking coal accounts for around 70% and the remainder is thermal coal.
The port exported 5.24 million tonnes of coal in January, a nine-month low, down 10.05% year on year from 5.82 million tonnes, and falling 26.41% from December's 13-month high of 7.12 million tonnes, the data showed.
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Shipments to Japan, which is the largest recipient of coal sent via Gladstone, rose 15.79% from 1.71 million tonnes in January 2016, but fell 12.81% from 2.27 million tonnes a month ago, to 1.98 million tonnes in January, the figures showed.
This was followed by India with 1.70 million tonnes, surging 44.57% year on year, compares to a monthly average of 1.31 million tonnes throughout 2016.
South Korea's imports from Gladstone in January plunged 62.97% year on year to around 574,000 tonnes, and also fell 8.89% month on month.
Tonnages to China's Taiwan were at a six-month low of around 150,000 tonnes, down 12.79% year on year and 58.79% from 364,000 tonnes in December, the data showed.
(Writing by Evie Feng Editing by Harry Huo)
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