Ukraine imported 5.746 million tons of coal and anthracite (foreign business code 2701) between January and March of the current year. This demonstrates an increase of 57.6% in annual terms, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
According to the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine, the imports of coal were accumulatively worth $760.468 million, which represents 33.5% over the same period in the previous year, when it stood at $569.63 million.
The Russian Federation supplied most of the imported coal (62.12%), worth $472.4 million. The rest of the imports originated from the United States of America (28.92%) and Canada (6.36%).
Nevertheless, in the period between January-March 2018, Ukraine exported 43,338 tons of coal and anthracite, worth $7.8 million. Particularly, $4.6 million worth of coal were shipped to Russia, whereas $3.2 million worth of coal went to Slovakia.
Ukraine has earlier announced its plans to boost coal imports by 11.3% (or 573.9 tons) against the 2017 figure, up to 5,668,500 tons. This would include 4,881,500 tons from Russia, 664,000 from the United States, and 123,000 from South Africa.