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Australian port’s Nov coal shipments to Japan increase by 55pc

Australian port’s Nov coal shipments to Japan increase by 55pc

TOKYO: Gladstone port in Australia’s Queensland State shipped 2.37 million mt of coal during November to Japanese customers, a 54.6% increase from 1.53 million mt the port shipped to Japan in October, said Gladstone Ports Corporation in a report Friday.

Japan’s coal offtake from Gladstone port, which ships both thermal and coking coal from mines in Queensland’s Bowen Basin coal field, last touched a high of 2.35 million mt in August, said the port.

Shipments from the Australian port to Japan have averaged 1.85 million mt over December 2013-November 2014, according to Gladstone port shipping data.

Japan is the top destination for Gladstone’s coal exports, and accounted for 22.2 million mt out of 71 million mt of coal shipped from the Queensland coal exports facility in the 12 months ended November, according to port data.