India’s coal import rose 11.6 per cent to 19.04 million tonnes (mt) in September 2020 on account of a recovery in consumption by thermal power plants and other industries coupled with competitive prices in international markets.
The country imported 17.06 mt of coal in September 2019. Of the total imports in September, non-coking coal’s shipment was 11.97 mt as against 11.81 mt in the year-ago period. Coking coal imports have increased to 4.58 mt as compared to 3.54 mt in September 2020 last fiscal. However, in the first six months of the ongoing fiscal, India’s coal import dropped to 95.30 mt from 125.35 mt in the same period a year ago. Further, in the April-September 2020 period, total coal and coke imports stood at 95.30 mt, about 23.97 per cent lower than 125.35 mt imported during April-September last fiscal