China's coking coal imports in September fell 15.7% from the year-ago level, according to General Administration of Customs (GAC).
The import of coking coal totaled 6.72million tonnes in September, 450,000 tonnes or 6.28% lower than the preceding month, official data showed.
The import value plunged 45.5% year on year to $605.9 million in September. This translated to an average import price of $90.16/t, falling $14.43/t from August and $49.35/t year on year.
In the first nine months, the country's coking coal imports totaled 59.38 million tonnes, falling 2.6% year on year. The value dropped 16.7% on the year to $7.22 billion.
In September, China imported 370,000 tonnes of anthracite, down 7.7% from a year ago and 170,000 tonnes or 31.48% from August.
The value slumped 35.5% to $27.59 million in September. The average import price rose $1.49/t from August to $74.55/t, which also dropped $32.34/t year on year.
January-September imports of anthracite declined 18.4% from the year prior to 5.15 million tonnes, with value down 36.7% to $447.19 million.
(Writing by Rebecca Liu Editing by Tammy Yang)
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