China coal imports are expected to maintain growth in 2013, sustaining supply from major exporters like Indonesia and Australia. According to the China Coal Transportation and Distribution Association, coal imports in the first 11 months this year reached 245 million mt, up 34.9% from a year earlier. Full year imports are forecast to hit 270 million mt. The China Coal Industry Association said the country’s coal production is expected to hit 3.7 billion mt this year.