Indonesia exported a total 36.7 million tonnes of coal in December, rising 1.5% from the same month a year ago and 18.29% month on month, which hit a new high since April, 2020, according to cargo-tracking data from Kpler.
Kpler's data showed 29.91 million tonnes of Indonesian coal arrived at destination ports in the month, and the rest 6.79 million tonnes were still en route.
Driven by strong demand from China, exports to the largest coal consumer reached 15.7 million tonnes in December and hit a new high since June, 2019, surging 56.43% year on year and 53.92% month on month.
Indonesia exported 7.72 million tonnes of coal to India last month, diving down 25.11% year on year but up 3.94% from the previous month.
Coal exports to the Malaysia stood at 1.92 million tonnes, up 27.22% year on year but down 6.05% on the month.
In December, Indonesia exported 1.84 million tonnes of coal to Japan, slumping 43.59% from a year ago but rising 12.81% from a month ago.
Exports to South Korea were 1.69 million tonnes, tumbling 37.34% year on year but jumping 50.85% month on month.
Indonesia's coal exports totaled 368 million tonnes over the year 2020, lower than the projected 395 million tonnes, down 16.08% from 439 million tonnes a year earlier, the data showed.
Indonesia's coal production totaled 558 million tonnes in 2020, surpassing the annual goal of 550 million tonnes set at the beginning of the year, but still 9.5% lower than the 2019 level.
In 2020, Indonesian DMO coal sales were 108 million tonnes, plunging 30.03% from the annual target of 155 million tonnes, and falling 28.3% from the year-ago level of 151 million tonnes.
(Writing by Rebecca Liu Editing by Tammy Yang)
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