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China's coal imports exceed 180 mln tons in 2011

Jan. 25, 2012 (China Knowledge) - China's imported 182.4 million tons of coal in 2011, reflecting a year-on-year increase of 10.8%, according to statistics from the nation's General Administration of Customs.

In December alone, China saw its coal imports total 21.38 million tons, up 23.3% from two years ago, the double-digital growth for the eighth consecutive growth. But the imports declined 3.43% month on month.

The continuous year-on-year increase was principally boosted by strong domestic demand and sluggish international market, said analysts.

Last year, China's steam coal imports increased 7.2% from two years ago to 54.78 million tons, of which 8.01 million tons was imported in December, up 85.7% year on year.

The country imported 44.66 million tons of coke in 2011, representing a year-on-year decline of 5.5%. In December alone, coal imports decreased 8.2% from two years ago to 5.01 million tons.

In 2011, China's anthracite imports surged 37.3% year on year to 36.11 million tons, including 3.24 million tons imported last December, 7.3% more than in December 2010.

Shanxi Province, one of the major coal production bases in China, produced 872 million tons of coal last year, while the coal output stood at 979 million tons in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and 400 million tons in Shaanxi Province.

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