India seeks steady coking coal supplies from Australia in an effort to help steel mills from falling supplies and rising prices of raw products. Nagendra Nath Sinha, the senior most official at India's federal Ministry of Steel, will meet Philip Green, Australia's high commissioner to India, and the two sides are likely to discuss India's need for coking coal. Australian total coking coal exports rose by 14% m-o-m to 11.67 million tonnes (mnt) in October 2023, as per CoalMint's vessel line-up data. Exports in the month of September were recorded at 10.24 mnt.
Australia contributes for more than 50% of Indian coking coal imports at around 70 mnt per year. The weather disruptions in Australia hit coking coal supplies which led to Indian users looking for alternative sources for coking coal imports especially Russia on better import offers.
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India: Coking coal imports rise by 7% m-o-m in Oct'23 on strong buying interest
India's coking coal imports in October 2023 rose by 7% m-o-m at 4.40 mnt, as per CoalMint data. Imports rose m-o-m on India's soaring industrial needs and the urgency to secure coking coal supplies, especially with depleting stocks. India's coking coal imports from Australia stood at 2.43 mnt in October 2023, largely stable m-o-m compared with 2.44 mnt in September 2023. Due to rising Australian coking coal prices, end-users now favour imports from Russia. The cost-effectiveness of Russian coal has become a prominent factor influencing consumer preference. Shipments from Russia rose marginally m-o-m to 0.49 mnt in October as against 0.48 mnt in September 2023.