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Thermal coal imports at Indian state-run ports over Apr-Feb rise 13% on year: IPA

New Delhi — India's 12 major state-run ports handled 89.5 million mt of imported thermal coal over April 2015 to February 2016, up 13% from the same period a year ago, according to latest data from the Indian Ports Association.

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But coking coal imports fell by 3% to 28.3 million mt in the 11-month period of the current fiscal year 2015-16, from the corresponding period a year ago, the data showed.

Paradip port on east coast received the maximum number of shipments of imported thermal coal over April to February, at 28.6 million mt, up 4% from a year ago.

Paradip port also handled the highest coking coal volumes at 8 million mt, up 14% from the same period a year ago.

The 12 ports are Kolkata, Paradip, Visakhapatnam, Kamarajar (Ennore), Chennai, V.O.Chidambaranar (Tuticorin), Cochin, New Mangalore, Mormugao, Mumbai, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, or JNPT, and Kandla.

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--Edited by Irene Tang,