Indian coal imports increased 14% during fiscal year 2017-2018, reversing the declining trends in two consecutive previous fiscal years with portents of higher inward shipment of the dry fuel in the current year considering lower domestic production and falling international prices. While official government figures aren’t yet available, industry estimates indicated that India imported 217 million metric tons (mt) of coal during 2017-2018, up 14% over the previous fiscal year reversing the 5.6% fall in 2015-2016 and 4.5% fall in imports during 2016-2017.
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