In figures just released from August, the 12 major ports in India noted a 12% increase in imported coal to 9.41mt (million tonnes). Imported thermal coal alone rose 14% to 6.81mt.

Last fiscal year, the same ports watched as imported thermal coal grew by 22% to 71.6mt, while coking coal consignments grew in size by 18.26% to 105mt. The 12 ports handle around 61% of total cargo traffic.

Imported coal is on the rise given that Coal India, the world’s largest coal miner, claims that there are insufficient rail links to shift more coal internally.