Ganqimaodu border crossing in northern China's Inner Mongolia autonomous region imported 2.07 million tonnes of coal from neighboring Mongolia as of February 10 this year, up 323.42% from a year prior, showed data from Bayannur municipal government.
In 2016, the border crossing imported 12.87 million tonnes of coal from neighboring Mongolia, soaring 108.91% year on year, showed data from the Wulate Middle Banner Bureau of Commerce.
Ganqimaodu borders resource-rich Mongolia, whose Tavan Tolgoi coal mine has coal reserves of 6.4 billion tonnes, with primary coking coal at 1.8 billion tonnes and thermal coal at 4.6 million tonnes. The border crossing has been an important hub of coal trades between the two countries since its opening in 2009.
(Writing by Tammy Yang Editing by Harry Huo)
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