[Ferro-Alloys.com] China imported 3.57mn t of coking coal last month, down by 4pc from 3.72mn t in November but up by 110pc from December 2019, according to Chinese customs data. The country's overall 2020 imports fell by 3pc on the year.
Arrivals from Canada rose by 63pc from a month earlier to 510,000t in December, the highest in seven months. Russian imports increased to a record high in December, driven mainly by robust Chinese demand for Russian coal with shorter waiting times for customs clearance, particularly pulverised coal injection (PCI). US imports also rose by 80pc on the month in December.
Mongolian imports fell to an eight-month low in December as a resurgence of Covid-19 cases since November compelled stricter checks at the borders of both countries, largely reducing the number of trucks passing daily. Mongolian imports for the whole of 2020 fell by 30pc from a year earlier.
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