India imported around 15.86 million mt of coal at 24 major ports in April, up 6.45% from March, according to data released Wednesday by Indian ship broker Interocean.
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The April imports consisted of 12.3 million mt of thermal coal, up 8.76% from March, and 3.56 million mt of coking coal, down 0.84%.
Mundra port on India's west coast received the highest coal shipments last month at 2.98 million mt, down 18.88% from 3.67 million mt in March. It also received the highest steam coal shipments at 2.98 million mt, up 27.26% from 2.34 million mt in March.
Paradip port on the east coast received the most coking coal last month, 754,159 mt up 0.29% on the month.
The surveyed ports were: Kandla, Navlakhi, Mundra, Bhavnagar, Pipavav, Muldwarka, Bedi, Magdalla, Dahej, Dharamtar, Haji Bunder, Jaigarh, Goa, Mangalore, Tuticorin, Ennore, Karaikal, Krishnapatnam, Kakinada, Gangavaram, Vizag, Paradip, Dhamra and Haldia.
Most of the coal was imported from Indonesia (9.98 million mt), South Africa (1.76 million mt), Australia (2.95 million mt) and the US (656,102 mt).
It also bought 514,377 mt from other countries such as Mozambique, New Zealand and Chile.
Adani Enterprises, Bhatia Coal, JSW Group, Tata Group, and Steel Authority of India Limited were the main importers.
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