US coal exports in May have fallen to the lowest level since September 2016, according to data from the US Census Bureau released on July 2.
It exported 4.28 million tonnes of coal in May, down 13.9% from 4.97 million tonnes in April. US thermal coal exports fell to 1.58 million tonnes in the month, a decrease of 14.6% from April and down 54.2% from a year ago.
US thermal coal exports over January-May hit a new low since 2016, totaling 10.96 million tonnes, sliding by 35.6% on the year.
The country exported 1.07 million tonnes of bituminous coal in May, down 26.3% month on month and plunging by 67.6% year on year.
Egypt was the largest importer of US bituminous coal in May, taking 288,400 tonnes from the United States, lower than 334,400 tonnes in the same period last year. Egypt did not import any bituminous coal from the United States last month.
In May, the Dominican Republic and Japan imported 172,200 tonnes and 133,100 tonnes of bituminous coal from the United States, respectively.
It was the first time in nine years that India did not import any coal from the United States in May.
US sub-bituminous coal exports were 456,000 tonnes in May, an increase of 20.8% month on month and nearly four times higher than the same period last year.
Of that, South Korea's sub-bituminous coal imports from the United States reached an 8-month high of 456,000 tonnes, higher than 257,000 tonnes in April and 45,500 tonnes in the same period last year.
Japan and Mexico did not import any sub-bituminous coal from the United States in May.
U.S. metallurgical coal exports in May hit a new low since September 2016, reaching 2.71 million tonnes, down 13.4% from the previous month and plunging by 43.7% year on year.
(Writing by Shengnan Liu Editing by Jessie Jia)
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