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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. The report also provides data on U.S. coke production, consumption, stocks, imports, and exports. All data for 2020 and previous years are final. All data for 2021 are preliminary.

Highlights for the third quarter of 2021

  • U.S. coal production during the third quarter of 2021 totaled 148.3 million short tons (MMst), which was 3.9% higher than the previous quarter and 9.1% higher than the third quarter of 2020. Production in the Western Region, which represented about 60% of total U.S. coal production in the third quarter of 2021, totaled about 89 MMst (13% higher than the third quarter of 2020).
  • U.S. coal exports for the third quarter of 2021 (20.7 MMst) decreased 6.4% from the second quarter of 2021. The average price of U.S. coal exports during the third quarter of 2021 was $113.95 per short ton.
  • The United States continued to import coal primarily from Colombia (50.6%), Canada (25.3%), and Indonesia (10.3%). No imports from Australia were recorded for the third quarter of 2021. U.S. coal imports in the third quarter of 2021 totaled 1.1 MMst. The average price of U.S. coal imports during the third quarter of 2021 was $95.84 per short ton.
  • Steam coal exports totaled 9.3 MMst (10.7% lower than the second quarter of 2021). Metallurgical coal exports totaled 11.4 MMst (2.6% lower than the second quarter of 2021).
  • U.S. coal consumption totaled 167.9 MMst in the third quarter of 2021, which was 34.7% higher than the 124.6 MMst reported in the second quarter of 2021 and 13.2% higher than the 148.3 MMst reported in the third quarter of 2020. The electric power sector accounted for about 93.5% of the total U.S. coal consumption in the third quarter of 2021.
  • In the third quarter of 2021, coal stocks dropped to 108.6 MMst from 141.6 MMst at the end of the second quarter of 2021 (a 23.3% decrease). Stocks in the electric power sector decreased to 80.4 MMst from 110.9 MMst at the end of the second quarter of 2021—the first time stocks have dipped below 100 MMst since the first quarter of 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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