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Japanese Iron Ore & Coal Imports in December

Coal, Iron Ore

Japanese iron ore imports fell by 6.0% year-on-year in December to 10.8 Mt, according to preliminary trade data from the Ministry of Finance. This contributed to a slight drop in the country’s iron ore imports in 2016 to 130.0 Mt. By contrast, Japan’s coal imports rose by 3.9% to 16.3 Mt in December, however January-December shipments were still below the year-ago level at 189.7 Mt.