Countries

Last Update: June 10, 2010
Steam Coal Import Costs for Selected Countries
U.S. Dollars per Metric Ton1 (Average Unit Value, CIF2)
Country 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Belgium 46.96 39.34 39.76 66.29 70.83 70.95 82.81 150.58 NA
Denmark 40.78 31.65 50.27 56.29 61.84 59.15 75.20 113.34 NA
Finland 40.83 37.08 39.99 58.45 62.80 67.65 72.64 134.21 NA
France 45.36 42.59 42.63 64.08 75.23 72.92 84.49 135.53 NA
Germany 41.46 36.80 39.00 61.22 72.48 70.12 81.49 138.84 NA
Ireland3 45.25 47.88 50.08 80.90 74.91 101.78 125.15 143.08 NA
Italy 44.83 41.25 42.45 63.54 73.20 69.16 86.00 143.68 NA
Japan 37.95 36.95 34.93 51.48 62.73 63.33 70.92 125.42 NA
Netherlands 40.09 35.81 37.27 55.09 68.86 68.57 79.12 133.50 NA
Spain 37.30 34.80 36.73 55.89 62.94 60.66 74.06 128.55 NA
United Kingdom 45.66 40.48 44.03 65.02 70.24 69.91 84.03 139.40 NA
United States 35.14 37.61 33.76 40.10 47.39 50.55 49.53 61.88 NA

1To convert U.S. dollars per metric ton to U.S. dollars per short ton divide by 1.1023.
2CIF (cargo, insurance and freight) refers to cargos for which the seller pays for the transportation and insurance up to the port of destination. It is similar to the terms of a f.o.b. (free on board) sale, except that the seller, as a service for which he is compensated, arranges for transportation and insurance.
3On occasion, shipments of extremely small quantities of coal with high values and transportation costs result in high import costs.
NA = Not available

Source:
Energy Prices & Taxes - Quarterly Statistics, Fourth Quarter 2009, Part I, Table 13, Paris: International Energy Agency, 2008. The Paris-based International Energy Agency (IEA) maintains annual and quarterly time-series of this price data that begin with the year 1980 and that also include the most recent quarterly prices. Information on purchasing this data online from the IEA is available at: http://data.iea.org/ieastore/default.asp.

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