US coal exports declined 25% in 2015

Coal exports from the US decreased by 25% last year. That’s according to the Energy Administration Information (EIA) which added exports fell for the third consecutive year, with 23 million […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

Coal exports from the US decreased by 25% last year.

That’s according to the Energy Administration Information (EIA) which added exports fell for the third consecutive year, with 23 million short tonnes (MMst) compared to 2014.

Slower growth in world coal demand, lower prices and higher output in other coal-exporting countries are among the reasons for the reduction in the US.

However, the EIA stated the nation remains a net exporter of coal as it provided 74MMst and imported 11MMst last year.

India was the country which received a major amount of coal, with almost 2MMst.

Coal exports to Asia and Europe, which traditionally was a leading destination for these exports, dropped by 28% last year.

In January, a report from the EIA stated coal production in the US hit lowest level in 30 years.