Within the period of January-February 2018, Ukraine raised its imports of hard coal and anthracite by 63% (or 1,551,589 tons), compared to the same period in 2017. The country imported a total of 4,015,118 tons of coal within the period in question, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
According to the data from the State Fiscal Service, the imported coal was worth a total of $516.66 million, which exceeds the value of the coal imported in the first two months of 2017, when it stood at $357.6 million.
When it comes to origins of the coal, most of it (58.85% of the total amount) came from Russia. Another 28.94% (worth $149.5 million) arrived from the United States, whereas Canada supplied 9.36% (worth $9.36%) of the total amount of coal imported by Ukraine.
Over the same period, Ukraine managed to export a total of 43,338 tons of hard coal and anthracite worth $7.8 million.
Ukraine has earlier announced its plans to boost coal imports by 11.3% (or 573.9 tons) against the 2017 figure, 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.