Coal export import from world

Coal export import. Global sales for coal exports from all countries totaled US$82.8 billion in 2020. Worldwide, the value of coal exports increased by an average 15% for all exporting countries since 2016 when overall coal shipments were valued at $72 billion.

Year over year, the value of exported coal dropped -26.6% from 2019 to 2020.

The 5 biggest exporters of coal are Australia, Indonesia, Russia, United States and South Africa. Combined, those countries shipped 84.1% of the total value of coal sold on international markets during 2020.

From a continental perspective, coal exported from Oceania (mostly Australia but also from New Zealand) amounted to $32.7 billion or 39.7% of worldwide coal sales. Asian exporters generated 21.7% worth, trailed by European suppliers at 17.1% then North American suppliers at 11.5%.

Smaller percentages came from coal exporters in Africa (5.5%) and Latin America (4.4%) excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean.

For research purposes, the 4-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix is 2701 for coal. Those digits encompass briquettes, ovoids and similar solid fuels manufactured from coal.

Coal Exports by Country

Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of coal during 2020.

  1. Australia: US$32.7 billion (39.5% of total coal exports)
  2. Indonesia: $14.5 billion (17.6%)
  3. Russia: $12.4 billion (15%)
  4. United States: $6.1 billion (7.4%)
  5. South Africa: $3.91 billion (4.7%)
  6. Colombia: $3.54 billion (4.3%)
  7. Canada: $3.4 billion (4.1%)
  8. Mongolia: $2 billion (2.4%)
  9. Mozambique: $590.8 million (0.7%)
  10. Poland: $507.3 million (0.6%)
  11. China: $435.3 million (0.5%)
  12. Netherlands: $415.8 million (0.5%)
  13. Kazakhstan: $339.8 million (0.4%)
  14. Philippines: $231.1 million (0.3%)
  15. United Kingdom: $179.6 million (0.2%)

By value, the listed 15 countries shipped 98.1% of global coal exports in 2020.

The sole growth among top coal exporters from 2019 to 2020 was the 26.5% increase for coal exporters in the United Kingdom.

Those countries that posted declines in their exported coal sales were led by: China (down -53.3%), Philippines (down -49.8%), Mozambique (down -41.9%), United States (down -37.9%) and Mongolia (down -34.9%).

Олег Паладьев

Паладьев Олег Николаевич – международный эксперт по вопросам глобального предпринимательства, и развитию внешнеэкономической деятельности Персональные консультации для собственников и руководителей бизнеса (стратегические сессии, коучинг, аутсорсинг). Предпринимательская практика с 1994 года.

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