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India and China cut coal shipments drastically

For only the second time this century shipments of thermal coal are on course to slip this year. Alphabulk is predicting shipping will lose up to 100m tons of thermal coal cargo this year with the world’s two most populous nations – India and China – responsible for the biggest drops.

Australia’s Department of Industry predicts Indian thermal coal imports will drop by more than 20% this year.

As Splash reported earlier this month, seaborne thermal coal trade has slipped back to 2018 levels, sliding 7% in the first five months of the year.

Out to 2024 brokers Braemar ACM are forecasting total coal volumes to gradually edge downwards.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.


  1. Not looking the best is it this financial year,plus the way things are going with China well it could be abit longer true had just come out about the virus was to do with China and it’s more then you think why so many people got it and why they would never own up

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