China's thermal coal (including bituminous and sub-bituminous coal, but excluding lignite) imports fell 21.27% or 16.07 million tonnes year on year to 59.47 million tonnes in the first half of 2021, showed data from the General Administration of Customs on July 21.
The import value was $4.57 billion during the period, falling 2.82% year on year.
In June, the thermal coal imports were 12.33 million tonnes, up 850,000 tonnes or 7.4% on the year, and 31.73% or 2.97 million tonnes on the month.
The imports value was $1.1 billion in June, surging 63.85% year on year and 46.8% month on month. This translated to average import price at $88.95/t, increasing $9.13/t month on month and $30.65/t year on year.
Imports of lignite rose 57.8% year on year and 48.13% month on month to 11.11 million tonnes in June, data showed. The import value was $730.09 million in the month, jumping 202.9% year on year and 67.18% month on month.
In January-June, China's lignite import totaled 53.53 million tonnes, down 6% year on year. Import value totaled $2.88 billion during the same period, rising 24.1% year on year.
(Writing by Rebecca Liu Editing by Tammy Yang)
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