Exports of coal from Russia logged a month-on-month surge of 33.31% in May, official data showed.
The country exported 16.53 million tonnes of coal in May, which presented a yearly retreat of 1.98%, showed figures from Federal Customs Service of Russia.
Russia exported the most coal to China, at 3.11 million tonnes, up 24.51% on the year and 36.51% on the month.
Followed was South Kores, taking 2.21 million tonnes, a rise of 9.79% from a year ago and 38.21% month on month.
Exports to Japan embraced yearly increase of 27.75% and monthly pickup of 26.13% to 1.95 million tonnes.
Arrivals in Taiwan area jumped 2.7 times and 2.1 times from the year-ago and month-ago levels to 1.11 million tonnes.
Imports by Turkey and the Netherlands came in at 0.99 million tonnes (29.93% YoY, 52.18% MoM) and 0.98 million tonnes (-24.45% YoY, 17.04% MoM), respectively.
In terms of type, the majority of coal exported from Russia was thermal coal (containing bituminous coal and other coal), gaining 5.27% on the year and 39.79% on the month to 12.66 million tonnes.
Anthracite exports slumped 29.72% as compared with the previous year to 1.43 million tonnes. That, however, represented a monthly mushrooming of 33.03%.
Russia coking coal exports experienced a yearly decrease of 29.5% and monthly decline of 8.03% to 1.59 million tonnes in May, while lignite exports was up 53.19% year on year and 56.65% month on month to 0.86 million tonnes.
In May, coal export value in Russia dropped 21.82% from the year before to $1.05 billion, which was 28.35% higher than in April.
Over January-May, Russia coal exports fell 14.58% from the corresponding period last year to 74.08 million tonnes, worth $4.81 billion, down 33.79% year on year.
(Writing by Jessie Jia Editing by Alex Guo)
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