Anthracite Production Rebounds in First Half of 2017 While Imports Remain Negligible

Anthracite production increased 16 percent in the first half of 2017. According to figures from the Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA), the industry produced a total of 965,250 tons of anthracite from January through June. This compares to 829,000 during the same time period in 2016.

The vast majority of anthracite production was from surface mine operations. MSHA reports 915,725 tons of surface mining production. Deep mines accounted for another 40,400 tons. Culm production, which has been in decline, was about 9,100 tons.

While domestic anthracite production is rebounding in 2017, anthracite imports remain at much lower levels. According to figures from the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC), during the month of June only 26 metric tons of anthracite were brought into the country. The USITC shows 19 metric tons of anthracite entering the country from Germany and seven tons from the United Kingdom. To date, only 1,148 tons of anthracite has been imported into the U.S. in 2017.

The Pennsylvania Anthracite Council has been vocal in its opposition to foreign imports. Earlier this year, the PAC filed comments with the U.S. Department of Commerce alerting them to unfair trade practices. Additionally, Cong. Lou Barletta testified before the Department of Commerce on behalf of the industry. In 2016, at the request of the PAC, leaders of Pennsylvania’s legislative coal caucus sent letters to the CEO”s of our nation’s steel firms urging them to use Pennsylvania anthracite in their production.

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