Japan imported 16.14 million tonnes of coal in January 2021, rising 5.29% from 15.33 million tonnes a month ago but falling 2.5% from 16.56 million tonnes a year ago, showed data from the country's Ministry of Finance (MOF).
The January imports rose for the fifth consecutive month and hit a new high since February 2020.
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Japan imported the most coal from Australia in January, at 10.89 million tonnes, up 4.53% from a year ago and 11.9% month on month. The figure exceeded 10 million tonnes for the first time since February 2020.
Imports from Indonesia came in at 1.81 million tonnes in the month, down 33.86% year on year and 22.24% on the month, data showed.
Japan took 1.49 million tonnes of coal from Russia last month, up 0.77% from a year ago but down 23.71% from the preceding month.
The import value in January stood at 146.07 billion yen ($130.47 million), 21.99% lower than the year-ago level but up 9.57% on the month. The average import price was calculated at 9,048.08 yen/t, falling 19.99% from a year ago but up 4.07% fromDecember, data showed.
The country imported 173 million tonnes of coal in the year 2020, falling 6.98% from 186 million tonnes in 2019. The accumulative imports were worth 1.7 trillion yen ($15.49 billion), down 33.08% from the year-ago level.
(Writing by Rebecca Liu Editing by Alex Guo)
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