Australia’s coking coal exports to China reached 2.58 million mt in February 2013. Canada ranked next with 1.21 million mt of coal exports to China, followed by Russia with 527,300 mt, and the United States with 408,700 mt. Mongolia’s exports to China dropped to 336,000 mt in February 2013, a decrease of 76% from January and 80.7% lower than the corresponding period of 2012.
The drop in Mongolia’s coal exports is largely due to the halt in coal shipments to China earlier this year from Mongolia’s largest coal mine, Tavan Tolgoi, which is operated by state-owned Erdenes Tavan Tolgoi. The halt in shipments was reportedly due to financial troubles experienced by the company.