Russia's coal exports in November 2020 bounced back from a month earlier led by a striking rise in shipments to China.
Russia exported 18.28 million tonnes of coal in November, a rise of 24.87% from October despite sliding 2.13% from November 2019, according to data compiled by Federal Customs Service of Russia.
In November, Russian coal exports to China totaled 3.13 million tonnes, up 31% from the previous month and 10.64% from the year-ago level. This came on the back of surged demand in China owing to the colder-than-usual weather and strong economic recovery, as well as limited availability of spot cargoes.
Shipments to other traditional buyers of Japan and South Korea reached 2.18 million and 2.03 million tonnes, respectively, in November, ranking the second and third places behind China.
Exports to Turkey hit 1.3 million tonnes, up 15.12% year on year and 18.67% month on month, followed by 1.15 million tonnes to Poland and 1.13 million tonnes to Taiwan area.
By type, exports of thermal coal (bituminous and sub-bituminous coals) totaled 12.43 million tonnes in November, down 13.2% year on year but up 18.34% month on month; anthracite deliveries totaled 2.09 million tones, surging 45.09% year on year and 22.78% month on month.
Coking coal exports reached 2.79 million tonnes, up 31.02% year on year and 66.87% month on month; lignite exports hit 967,900 tonnes, up 22.75% YoY and 27.4% MoM.
November's coal exports were worth $1.05 billion, down 18.39% YoY but up 27.02% MoM.
In January-November, Russia's coal exports totaled 184 million tonnes, down 7.11% compared with the same period last year; value of the shipments declined 26.07% to $11.2 billion.
(Writing by Alex Guo Editing by Tammy Yang)
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