US coal exports totaled 6.6 million tonnes in June, up 1% from May and 34.7% from the same month a year ago, according to US Census data released on August 4.
For the first six months of the year, US coal exports totaled 40 million tonnes, up 55.4% compared with the same period last year.
June metallurgic coal exports totaled 3.88 million tonnes, down 6.3% from May, but up 24.9% from the year-ago month. Met coal exports for January to June totaled 23.24 million tonnes, up 26.7% from the same period last year.
Top met coal export destinations in June were Japan, which imported 498,967 tonnes, more than double the same period of 2016; Canada, which imported 429,073 tonnes, up 105% year on year; and Brazil, which imported 372,321 tonnes, down 31.8% from August 2016.
US bituminous coal exports in June totaled 1.84 million tonnes, up 0.9% from May and 16.9% from last year. Year-to-date bituminous coal exports totaled 12.81 million tonnes, increased 112.6% from the year-ago period.
Top bituminous coal export destinations in June were India, which imported 276,327 tonnes, up 49.8% from the year-ago month; Germany imported 197,796 tonnes, increased 37.6% from the year-ago level; and Chile, which imported 180,575 tonnes, compared with a trivial amount last year.
Subbituminous coal exports from the US totaled 882,451 tonnes in June, up 53.9% from the prior month and 554.9% from the preceding year. For the year to June, subbituminous coal exports totaled 3.72 million tonnes, up 312.5% from the year-ago period.
The top importer of US subbituminous coal in June was South Korea, which shipped 420,640 tonnes, compared with zero in the year-ago month; Morocco, which imported 237,312 tonnes after importing zero in the year-ago month; and Mexico imported 223,611 tonnes, up 67.1% from the same month a year ago.
(Writing by Becky Du Editing by Harry Huo)
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