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Quarterly Coal Report

Release Date: April 1, 2019   |  Next Release Date: July 1, 2019  |   full report 

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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 2017 and previous years are final. All data for 2018 are preliminary.

Highlights for fourth-quarter 2018

  • U.S. coal production during fourth-quarter 2018 totaled 192.4 million short tons (MMst), which was 1.1% lower than the previous quarter and 0.8% lower than fourth-quarter 2017. Production in the Western Region, which accounted for about 56.7% of total U.S. coal production in fourth-quarter 2018, totaled about 109 MMst (0.9% higher in fourth-quarter 2017).

  • Fourth-quarter 2018 U.S. coal exports (28.5 MMst) decreased 2.1% from third-quarter 2018. The average price of U.S. coal exports during fourth-quarter 2018 was $108.58 per short ton.

  • The United States continued to import coal primarily from Colombia (70.5%), Canada (12.4%), and Indonesia (12.3%). No imports were recorded from Australia for fourth-quarter 2018. U.S. coal imports in fourth-quarter 2018 totaled 1.6 MMst. The average price of U.S. coal imports during the fourth quarter of 2018 was $83.07 per short ton.

  • Steam coal exports totaled 13.3 MMst (8.6% lower than third-quarter 2018). Metallurgical coal exports totaled 15.2 MMst (4.5% higher than third-quarter 2018).

  • U.S. coal consumption totaled 169.1 MMst in fourth-quarter 2018, which was 12.9% lower than the 194.1 MMst reported in third-quarter 2018 and 2.2% lower than the 172.8 MMst reported in fourth-quarter 2017. The electric power sector accounted for about 92.2% of the total U.S. coal consumption in fourth-quarter 2018.

  • Fourth-quarter 2018 coal stocks grew to 132.1 MMst from 129.3 MMst at the end of third-quarter 2018 (a 2.2% increase). Stocks in the electric power sector increased to 102.8 MMst from 100.8 MMst at the end of third-quarter 2018, the first increase since the end of fourth-quarter 2016.

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Data Tables Formats
Summary
ES-1. U.S. Coal Summary Statistics PDF XLS
ES-2. U.S. Coke Summary Statistics PDF XLS
ES-3. Summary Statistics for Coal Refining Plants PDF XLS
Production
1. U.S. Coal Production PDF XLS
2. Coal Production by State PDF XLS
3. Coke and Breeze Production at Coke Plants PDF XLS
Export and Imports  
4. U.S. Coal Exports and Imports PDF XLS
5. Average Price of U.S. Coal Exports and Imports PDF XLS
6. Quantity and Average Price of U.S. Coal Imports by Origin PDF XLS
7. U.S. Coal Exports PDF XLS
8. Average Price of U.S. Coal Exports PDF XLS
9. U.S. Steam Coal Exports PDF XLS
10. Average Price of U.S. Steam Coal Exports PDF XLS
11. U.S. Metallurgical Coal Exports PDF XLS
12. Average Price of U.S. Metallurgical Coal Exports PDF XLS
13. Coal Exports by Customs District PDF XLS
14. Steam Coal Exports by Customs District PDF XLS
15. Metallurgical Coal Exports by Customs District PDF XLS
16. U.S. Coke Exports PDF XLS
17. Average Price of U.S. Coke Exports PDF XLS
18. U.S. Coal Imports PDF XLS
19. Average Price of U.S. Coal Imports PDF XLS
20. Coal Imports by Customs District PDF XLS
21. U.S. Coke Imports PDF XLS
22. Average Price of U.S. Coke Imports PDF XLS
Receipts and Prices  
23. Coal Receipts at Coke Plants by Census Division PDF XLS
24. Average Price of Coal Receipts at Coke Plants by Census Division PDF XLS
25. Open Market Sales and Average Price of Coke and Breeze PDF XLS
26. Coal Receipts at Other Industrial Plants by Census Division and State PDF XLS
27. Average Price of Coal Receipts at Other Industrial Plants by Census Division and State PDF XLS
28. U.S. Coal Receipts at Manufacturing Plants by North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Code PDF XLS
29. Average Price of U.S. Coal Receipts at Manufacturing Plants by North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Code PDF XLS
30. Coal Receipts at Commercial and Institutional Users by Census Division and State PDF XLS
31. Average Price of Coal Receipts at Commercial and Institutional Users by Census Division and State PDF XLS
Consumption  
32. U.S. Coal Consumption by End-Use Sector PDF XLS
33. Coal Carbonized at Coke Plants by Census Division PDF XLS
34. Coal Consumption at Other Industrial Plants by Census Division and State PDF XLS
35. U.S. Coal Consumption at Manufacturing Plants by North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Code PDF XLS
36. Coal Consumption at Commercial and Institutional Users by Census Division and State PDF XLS
Stocks  
37. U.S. Coal Stocks PDF XLS
38. Coal Stocks at Coke Plants by Census Division PDF XLS
39. Coal Stocks at Other Industrial Plants by Census Division and State PDF XLS
40. U.S. Coal Stocks at Manufacturing Plants by North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Code PDF XLS
41. Coke and Breeze Stocks at Coke Plants by Census Division PDF XLS
42. Coal Stocks at Commercial and Institutional Users by Census Division and State PDF XLS
Quality  
43. Average Quality of Coal Received at Manufacturing and Coke Plants by Census Division and State PDF XLS
44. Average Quality of Coal Received at Commercial and Institutional Users by Census Division and State PDF XLS

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