Taiwanese steam coal imports totalled 6.3m tonnes in August, down 0.9% m-o-m but still were 16.7% higher y-o-y. Australia was the main supplier of coal to Taiwan in August with deliveries reaching the highest level since October last year at 3.4m tonnes, up 15.2% m-o-m and up 14.8% y-o-y. Indonesian supplies increased to 1.8m tonnes, up 19.2% m-o-m and up 21.6% y-o-y. On the other hand, imports from Russia declined to the lowest level since December, at 500KT, down 42.1% m-o-m and down 32.1% y-o-y.
Taiwan imported 47.5m tonnes of coal over the first 8 months of the year, up 4.5m tonnes or 10.5% y-o-y. Australian deliveries increased to 23m tonnes, up 1.3m tonnes or 6.1% y-o-y. Despite the fall in August’s deliveries, Russian supplies increased to 7m tonnes, up 1.7m tonnes, up 33% y-o-y. On the other hand, imports from Indonesia declined to 12.7m tonnes, down 1.5m tonnes or 10.5% y-o-y.