India’s coal import rises 30% to 22 million tonnes in April

India’s coal import rose 30.3 per cent to 22.27 million tonnes in April amid supply concerns demfor pre-monsoon restocking of dry fuel.

The country had imported 17.09 million tonnes of coal in April last year, according to a provisional compilation by mjunction services, based on monitoring of vessels’ positions data received from shipping companies.

“India’s coal coke imports in April 2021 through the major non-major ports are estimated to have increased by 30.3 per cent over April 2020… Imports in April 2021 stood at around 22.27 million tonnes (MT) as against 17.09 MT imported in April 2020,” it said.

“The demfor pre-monsoon restocking supply concerns led to a surge in coal import during the month under review. Recently, tightened supply in overseas markets have firmed up prices. This factor coupled with the onset of monsoon is expected to keep the volumes in check in the near term,” Vinaya Varma, MD & CEO, mjunction services Ltd, said.

mjunction — a joint venture between Tata Steel SAIL — is a B2B e-commerce company also publishes research reports on coal steel verticals.

Of the total imports in April, the volume of non-coking coal was 15.32 MT, against 12.28 MT imported in April last financial year. Coking coal volume was 4.74 MT, up against 3.23 MT imported in April last fiscal.

During the 2020-21, total coal coke imports stood at 215.92 MT, about 12.6 per cent lower than 247.10 MT imported during FY’20.

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