Japan imported 14.70 million tonnes of coal in October, falling 5.7% from the year-ago level, showed preliminary data from Japan's Ministry of Finance.
Total import value stood at 126.9 billion yen ($1.2 billion) in October, down 35.4% year on year. The average import price was calculated at 8,632.9 yen/t.
Imports from Russia reached 2.49 million tonnes, 11.6% higher than a year ago, with import value down 23.5% to 19.34 billion yen.
Shipments from the ASEAN countries declined 7% year on year to 2.12 million tonnes in October, which were worth 14.99 billion yen, down 30% on the year.
Japan took 347,000 tonnes of coal from the U.S. last month, slumping 68.9% from a year ago. Imports value was down 78.8% to 3.77 billion yen.
(Writing by Emma Yang Editing by Tammy Yang)
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