China’s coal imports in June dropped 6.7% from the same period last year, as stringent import restrictions at ports impeded purchases by traders and power plants, despite solid fuel demand.

China, the world’s top coal importer, brought in 25.29 million mt of the fuel last month, data from the General Administration of Customs showed.

That compares with 27.1 million mt in June 2019, but is still higher than 22.06 million in May, driven by stockpiling demand ahead of the peak summer season.

For the first half of 2020, China brought in a total of 173.99 million mt of coal, up 12.7% over the corresponding period last year.