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Where does the United States export the most coal?

In 2016, the United States exported 60.27 million short tons of coal to at least 42 countries. The following list shows the top five destinations of U.S. coal exports, export amount (million short tons), and share of total U.S. coal exports in 2016:

The Netherlands—10.16—17%
Brazil—6.94—12%
India—5.53—9%
Canada—5.01—8%
Japan—4.56—8%
Total—32.19—53%

Note: The ports in the Netherlands are major sources for the transshipment of coal to other European nations. Therefore, a large portion of this volume may be ultimately be consumed by other countries in Europe.

Learn more:
U.S. coal exports and imports data
Table 7. U.S. Coal Exports, Quarterly Coal Report October—December 2016
Energy Explained: Coal Imports and Exports

Last updated: December August 11, 2017 
 


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