Indonesian coal exports maintained at high level in January 2021 after a spike in December 2020, mainly owing to large demand from China.
Indonesia exported a total 36.7 million tonnes of coal in January 2021, falling 7.37% year on year and 4.4% month on month, but still the second high since October 2020, according to cargo-tracking data from Kpler.
Kpler's data showed 33.18 million tonnes of Indonesian coal arrived at destination ports in the month, and the rest 1.51 million tonnes were still en route.
Indonesian coal exports to China, the largest coal consumer, reached 18.87 million tonnes in January, surging 39.34% year on year and rising 12.53% month on month, hitting a new high since January 2017.
Indonesia exported 5.79 million tonnes of coal to India last month, diving down 39.74% year on year and 27.2% from the previous month.
Coal exports to the Japan stood at 1.88 million tonnes, down 26.06% year on year and 0.28% on the month.
In January, Indonesia exported 1.68 million tonnes of coal to Malaysia, rising 21.92% from a year ago but falling 10.69% from a month ago.
Exports to Philippine were 1.36 million tonnes, tumbling 44.12% year on year but climbing 8.74% 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.
(Writing by Rebecca Liu Editing by Alex Guo)
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