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How much coal does the United States export and to where?

In 2020, the United States exported about 69 million short tons of coal to 62 countries.1 About 61% of total coal exports in 2020 were metallurgical coal and 39% were steam coal.

U.S. coal exports—total and by top five destination countries in 2020
Million short tons Percentage of total coal exports
Total, all countries69.07
Top five countries
South Korea6.53 9.5%
Japan6.10 8.8%
The Netherlands5.80 8.4%
Total for top five countries39.1656.7%
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 ultimately be consumed by other countries in Europe.

1 Preliminary data.

Learn more:
Quarterly Coal Report Table 7. U.S. Coal Exports
U.S. coal export data, annual and quarterly, by types of coal and destination countries
Energy Explained: Coal Imports and Exports

Last updated: April 2, 2021

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