In 2021, Germany could see its imports of hard coal drop 18.6% year-on-year to 26.7 million metric tons (mt), according to VDKi, as reported by Reuters. The group cited lower usage by steelmakers during the COVID-19 pandemic and price competition with gas and renewables in power generation.

The coal importers group also published preliminary data for the past year. It said imports dropped to 32.8 million mt in 2020, a 24% decline from 2019.