Statistics from China General Administration of Customs show China imported 11 million metric tons (mt) of coal in May down by 19% month-on-month and marking the lowest monthly imports since the year. Statistics from the agency indicate imports in the first four months of the year all remained above 13 million mt. Imports of the first five months remained 114% year-on-year totaling at nearly 69 million mt—a volume even bigger than the combined first seven months in 2009.