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The Quarterly Coal Report (QCR) provides detailed quarterly data on U.S. coal production, exports, imports, receipts, prices, consumption, quality, stocks, and refined coal. Data on U.S. coke production, consumption, stocks, imports, and exports are also provided. All data for 2019 and previous years are final. All data for 2020 and 2021 are preliminary.

Highlights for the first quarter of 2021

  • U.S. coal production during the first quarter of 2021 totaled 140.3 million short tons (MMst), which was 4.5% higher than the previous quarter and 5.9% lower than the first quarter of 2020. Production in the Western region, which represented about 53.1% of total U.S. coal production in the first quarter of 2021, totaled about 74.5 MMst (10.9% lower than the first quarter of 2020).
  • U.S. coal exports for the first quarter of 2021 (20.7 MMst) increased 8.6% from the fourth quarter of 2020. The average price of U.S. coal exports during the first quarter of 2021 was $87.81 per short ton.
  • The United States continued to import coal primarily from Colombia (71.2%), Canada (14.1%), and Indonesia (10.6%). We recorded no imports from Australia for the first quarter of 2021. U.S. coal imports in the first quarter of 2021 totaled 1.1 MMst. The average price of U.S. coal imports during the first quarter of 2021 was $71.54 per short ton.
  • Steam coal exports totaled 10.4 MMst (32.6% higher than the fourth quarter of 2020). Metallurgical coal exports totaled 10.3 MMst (8% lower than the fourth quarter of 2020).
  • U.S. coal consumption totaled 139.4 MMst in the first quarter of 2021, which was 13.5% higher than the 122.8 MMst reported in the fourth quarter of 2020 and 27.3% higher than the 109.5 MMst reported in the first quarter of 2020. The electric power sector accounted for about 92% of the total U.S. coal consumption in the first quarter of 2021.
  • In the first quarter of 2021, coal stocks dropped to 144.3 MMst from 166 MMst at the end of the fourth quarter of 2020 (a 13.1% decrease). Stocks in the electric power sector decreased to 111.8 MMst from 132.7 MMst at the end of the fourth quarter of 2020, the lowest level since third quarter 2019.
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Data Tables

Summary

  • ES-1.U.S. Coal Summary Statistics
  • Available formats: PDF XLS
  • ES-2.U.S. Coke Summary Statistics
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  • ES-3.Summary Statistics for Coal Refining Plants
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Production

  • 1.U.S. Coal Production
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  • 2.Coal Production by State
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  • 3.Coke and Breeze Production at Coke Plants
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Export and Imports

  • 4.U.S. Coal Exports and Imports
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  • 5.Average Price of U.S. Coal Exports and Imports
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  • 6.Quantity and Average Price of U.S. Coal Imports by Origin
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  • 7.U.S. Coal Exports
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  • 8.Average Price of U.S. Coal Exports
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  • 9.U.S. Steam Coal Exports
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  • 10.Average Price of U.S. Steam Coal Exports
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  • 11.U.S. Metallurgical Coal Exports
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  • 12.Average Price of U.S. Metallurgical Coal Exports
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  • 13.Coal Exports by Customs District
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  • 14.Steam Coal Exports by Customs District
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  • 15.Metallurgical Coal Exports by Customs District
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  • 16.U.S. Coke Exports
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  • 17.Average Price of U.S. Coke Exports
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  • 18.U.S. Coal Imports
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  • 19.Average Price of U.S. Coal Imports
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  • 20.Coal Imports by Customs District
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  • 21.U.S. Coke Imports
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  • 22.Average Price of U.S. Coke Imports
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Receipts and Prices

  • 23.Coal Receipts at Coke Plants by Census Division
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  • 24.Average Price of Coal Receipts at Coke Plants by Census Division
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  • 25.Open Market Sales and Average Price of Coke and Breeze
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  • 26.Coal Receipts at Other Industrial Plants by Census Division and State
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  • 27.Average Price of Coal Receipts at Other Industrial Plants by Census Division and State
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  • 28.U.S. Coal Receipts at Manufacturing Plants by North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Code
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  • 29.Average Price of U.S. Coal Receipts at Manufacturing Plants by North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Code
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  • 30.Coal Receipts at Commercial and Institutional Users by Census Division and State
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  • 31.Average Price of Coal Receipts at Commercial and Institutional Users by Census Division and State
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Consumption

  • 32.U.S. Coal Consumption by End-Use Sector
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  • 33.Coal Carbonized at Coke Plants by Census Division
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  • 34.Coal Consumption at Other Industrial Plants by Census Division and State
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  • 35.U.S. Coal Consumption at Manufacturing Plants by North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Code
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  • 36.Coal Consumption at Commercial and Institutional Users by Census Division and State
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Stocks

  • 37.U.S. Coal Stocks
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  • 38.Coal Stocks at Coke Plants by Census Division
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  • 39.Coal Stocks at Other Industrial Plants by Census Division and State
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  • 40.U.S. Coal Stocks at Manufacturing Plants by North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Code
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  • 41.Coke and Breeze Stocks at Coke Plants by Census Division
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  • 42.Coal Stocks at Commercial and Institutional Users by Census Division and State
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Quality

  • 43.Average Quality of Coal Received at Manufacturing and Coke Plants by Census Division and State
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  • 44.Average Quality of Coal Received at Commercial and Institutional Users by Census Division and State
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