BEIJING, Oct. 18 (Xinhua)-- China's exports of coal fell 20.9 percent in
the first nine months of 2007, compared with the same period last year, while
imports rose by nearly half over the same period as the impact of export tariffs
According to the Chinese General Administration of Customs, exports fell to
38.01 million tons between January and September this year.
Meanwhile, the country imported 38.61 million tons of coal, up 47.6 percent
year on year, said the General Administration of Customs.
In September alone, the nation's coal exports stood at 4.47 million tons,
and imports, 3.62 millions tons, with sales surpassing arrivals for the third
The nation, the world's largest coal producer, began to levy a tariff of 5
percent on coal export from last November. As the domestic coal price has been
on the rise recently as a result of robust demand, the nation's coal producers
prefer to sell their products domestically.
The nation's monthly coal exports were 4.47 million tons in September,
down from 4.68 million tons in July and 5.73 million tons in August.