India's 12 major government-owned ports imported 12.39 million tonnes of coal in February, down 18.45% from January but up 5.18% year on year, according to latest data released by the India Ports Association (IPA).
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Coking coal shipments received by the 12 ports were 3.80 million tonnes during the same period, up 30.55% from a year ago but down 22.21% from the month prior, the data showed.
Thermal coal imports at Paradip port surged 56% from a year ago to 2.78 million tonnes in the month.
Kolkata handled the highest volume of coking coal during the same period at 1.17 million tonnes, rising 48.43% from a year ago.
The 12 ports are Kolkata, Paradip, Visakhapatnam, Ennore, Chennai, VO Chidambaranar (Tuticorin), Cochin, New Mangalore, Mormugao, Mumbai, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) and Kandla.
Cochin, JNPT and Chennai ports did not import any coal cargoes during the same period.
(Writing by William Gao Editing by Jessie Jia)
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