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India to surpass China as largest importer of coking coal

India is on course to overtake China as the world’s largest importer of coking coal as soon as next year, according to Australian producers.

Imports of the commodity are expected to reach 67m tons in 2020, against 64m this year, while China should see its imports drop to 64m from 68m, according to the latest report from Alphabulk, a unit of AXS Marine.

The divergence should continue into 2021, with the potential gap between the two countries reaching 8m tons.

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.
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