India imported 3.17 million tonnes of coking coal in August, surging 35% from the preceding month, showed data from India's mjunction.
The was partly due to rising demand of domestic steel sector. India's steel consumption climbed 7.7% month on month to 7.5 million tonnes in August, separate data showed.
India imported 2.28 million tonnes of coking coal from Australia, down 40% year on year; it bought 276,000 tonnes from Mozambique, soaring 261% from a year ago; intakes from the U.S. also surged 58% to 261,000 tonnes, mjunction data showed.
From January to August, India imported 26.36 million tonnes of coking coal, a decrease of 21% from 33.49 million tonnes in the same period last year. The August imports were still 31% lower compared with the year-ago level.
According data compiled by Indian coal trader Iman Resources, India's total coking coal imports were 26.24 million tonnes during the first eight months, falling 22.16% year on year. In August, coking coal imports amounted to 3.35 million tonnes, rising 57.7% month on month but down 25.14% from a year ago.
(Writing by Emma Yang Editing by Tammy Yang)
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