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Last Updated : Nov 11, 2018 12:03 PM IST | Source: PTI

India's coal imports rise 8% to 134 MT in the April-October

However, there was a 6.8 percent drop in coal and coke imports in October as compared to 19.77 MT imported during the same month last financial year.

India's coal imports rose by 7.9 percent to 134.46 million tonnes (MT) in the first seven months of the current fiscal, according to mjunction services. The country imported 124.57 million tonnes of coal in the corresponding period of previous fiscal.

"During April-October 2018-19, India's coal and coke imports stood at 134.46 MT, about 7.9 percent increase over 124.57 MT recorded for the same period last year," mjunction services, a joint venture e-commerce platform of Tata Steel and SAIL, said.

However, there was a 6.8 percent drop in coal and coke imports in October as compared to 19.77 MT imported during the same month last financial year.

Commenting on the coal import trend, mjunction CEO Vinaya Varma said, "India's thermal coal demand remained buoyant due to the coal shortage in the power sector. However, there was an expectation of further corrections in spot coal prices, which might have delayed some procurement plans. In the met coal segment, a healthy growth in steel industry and expectation of a price rise led to higher volumes."

Coal and coke imports during October through 31 major and non-major ports are estimated to have increased by 3.55 percent over September in the ongoing financial year.
First Published on Nov 11, 2018 12:00 pm
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