Vietnam exported 574,600 tonnes of coal in first nine months this year, slumping 26.6% from the same period of 2019, showed the preliminary data from Vietnamese Customs authority.
Over the same period, the value of coal export reached $78.5 million, plunging 33.6% from the year-ago level of $118 million.
Vietnam was a traditional coal exporter, but it is actively shifting to coal import alongside its growing domestic demand, especially in power sector.
In the year to September, Vietnam exported the largest amount of coal to Japan at 322,400 tonnes, down 1.01% from 325,700 tonnes a year ago. The country shipped 57,000 tonnes of coal to Thailand, down 16.05% year on year.
Data showed that Vietnam exported 102,800 tonnes of coal in September, a year-on-year fall of 3.03% but surging 67.82% from a month ago. It earned $13.32 from coal export in September, sliding 8.53% year on year but surging 66.09% month on month.
According to General Statistics Office, Vietnam produced 3.33 million tonnes of coal in August, up 5.13% from a year ago.
Vietnam's domestically-produced coal is mainly used for local power, cement and other industrial sectors.
(Writing by Rebecca Liu Editing by Harry Huo)
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