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Ukraine increases coal imports by 15.5 percent

Ukraine increased imports of coal and anthracite coal (HS code 2701) by 15.5 percent, or 2.343 million tonnes, in January-October 2018 year-over-year, to 17.426 million tonnes.

Coal shipments over the period under review were estimated at $2.461 billion, which was 14.4 percent more than in January-October 2017 ($2.151 billion), Ukraine’s State Fiscal Service said.

In particular, coal bought from the Russian Federation (62 percent of all imports) was estimated at $1.526 billion, from the United States (30.04 percent) at $739.278 million, Canada (5.16 percent) at $126.946 million, and other countries (2.8 percent) at $68.889 million.

In addition, Ukraine in January-October 2018 exported 56,223 tonnes of coal and anthracite to the tune of $8.355 million, including to Russia ($4.597 million), Slovakia ($3.201 million), Moldova ($0.454 million), and other countries ($0.103 million).

As reported, Ukraine plans in 2018 to increase import of steam coal by 11.3 percent compared to 2017, to 5.669 million tonnes.

In particular, it plans to buy 4.882 million tonnes of coal from Russia (a rise of 29.6 percent from 2017), 664,000 tonnes from the United States (a rise of 47.7 percent), and 123,000 tonnes from South Africa (a fall of 83.8 percent).

In 2011, Ukraine’s coal and anthracite imports totaled $2.761 billion and exports $775.109 million, in 2012: $2.637 billion and $609.392 million, respectively. These indicators in 2013 were $1.974 billion and $737.009 million, respectively, in 2014: $1.773 billion and $521.017 million, in 2015: $1.632 billion and $53.651 million, in 2016: $1.467 billion and $44.762 million, and in 2017: $2.744 billion and $105.494 million, respectively.
Source: Interfax-Ukraine

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