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Where does the United States export the most coal?

In 2017, the United States exported 96.95 million short tons of coal to at least 42 countries.1 The following list shows the top five destinations of U.S. coal exports, export amount (million short tons), and share of total U.S. coal exports in 2017:

India—11.46—12%
South Korea—9.45—10%
The Netherlands—9.37—10%
Japan—7.67—8%
Brazil—7.56—8%
Total of top five—45.52—47%

Note: The ports in The Netherlands are major sources for the transshipment of coal to other European nations. Therefore, a large portion of this volume may ultimately be consumed by other countries in Europe.

1 Preliminary data.

Learn more:
Quarterly Coal Report
Quarterly Coal Report October—December 2017, Table 7. U.S. Coal Exports
U.S. coal exports and imports data
Energy Explained: Coal Imports and Exports

Last updated: April 10, 2018


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