According to a provisional compilation by mjunction services, based on monitoring of vessels' positions and data received from shipping companies, India's coal import saw a drop of 18.6 per cent to 116.81 million tonnes during April-October 2020 as against 143.63 million tonnes in same period a year ago. During the April-October period this year, the non-coking coal import was at 77.67 million tonnes as compared to 98.73 million tonnes` in the same period a year ago. Coking coal import during April-October was recorded at 23.89 million tonnes, lower than 28.63 million tonnes imported during the same period a year ago.
However, the country's coal import increased to 21.50 million tonnes in October 2020 as against 18.28 million tonnes in October 2019. Of the total import in October 2020, non-coking coal was at 14.46 million tonnes, up from 13.57 million tonnes in October 2019 while coking coal import stood at 4.92 million tonnes in October 2020, up from 2.79 million tonnes in October 2019.