China’s coal imports and exports also dropped. In the first eight months, China imported 202 million mt, down 5.3% year-on-year. Over the same period, the country exported 3.93 million mt, down 27.5%. Coal stockpiles remain at a high level, amounting to more than 300 million mt. This is the 33rd month in a row that the figure has stayed above the 300-million-mt line.