BEIJING: China’s coking coal imports in June at 5.79 million mt were little changed on the year, while recovering from a drop in volumes in May, according to customs data. Mongolia was the largest source of imports in June, with 2.6 million mt, followed by Australia with 2.22 million mt. The two sources switching around compared to June 2016 when Australia was the largest.
Imports grew from 4.65 million mt in May. Australia shipped only 655,000 mt in May, as shipment volumes fell from Queensland, the largest source of seaborne met coal cargoes, following a cyclone. The next largest origins for June imports were Russia, with 369,000 mt, the US (286,000 mt) and Canada (251,000 mt).