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Annual Coal Distribution Report

Release Date: October 3, 2019  |   Next Release Date: November 2, 2020  |   full report 

The Annual Coal Distribution Report (ACDR) provides detailed information on U.S. domestic coal distribution by origin state, destination state, consumer category, and method of transportation. The report also provides a summary of foreign coal distribution by coal-producing state. All data for 2018 are final, and this report supersedes the four Quarterly Coal Distribution Reports previously issued for 2018.

Highlights for 2018

  • Total coal distributions for 2018 were 742.7 million short tons, a decrease of 3.3% from the 2017 level.
  • Distributions to domestic destinations were 627.1 million short tons, a decrease of 43.7 million short tons (6.5%) compared with 2017. Distributions to foreign destinations were 115.6 million short tons, 18.7 million short tons (19.3%) more than the 2017 level.
  • Wyoming was the leading origin state of coal, accounting for about 296.9 (47.3%) million short tons of domestic shipments, and Texas was the leading destination for coal, accounting for about 66.4 million short tons of receipts.
  • Railroads moved about 69.0% of the domestic coal, river barges about 12.0%, trucks about 9.6%, and tramways, conveyor belts, and slurry pipelines about 9.4%. Great lakes and tidewater pier transport modes accounted for less than 0.1% of the total shipments.
  • The electric power sector received about 92.0% of the domestic distribution, industrial plants (excluding coke) received about 5.0%, coke plants received about 2.8%, and commercial and institutional plants received about 0.1%.



Coal Data Contacts


Domestic and foreign distribution of U.S. coal by origin State Domestic distribution of U.S. coal by:
origin State, consumer, destination and method of transportation destination State, consumer, destination and method of transportation

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