Anthracite Production Up 15% in 2017 Imports Show a Modest Increase for November

According to figures provided by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), U.S. anthracite production totaled 1,884,545 tons in 2017. This is a 15% increase over 2016 figures of 1,638,980 tons.

Surface coal mining accounted for approximately 94.7% of anthracite produced in Pennsylvania. MSHA reports that 1,784,897 tons of coal were mined by surface mine operators. Underground mines contributed 72,408 tons and culm bank production added 27,240 tons in 2017.

Additionally, according to the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC), the United States imported 7,061 metric tons anthracite during the month of November 2017. The bulk of the anthracite was shipped from the Asian markets of Hong Kong (5,000 tons) and China (2,014 tons). The remaining 27 tons were sent from Peru. The November 2017 figures compare with zero imports in November of 2016. The estimated import value of the anthracite is $589,000

During the first eleven months of 2017, U.S. anthracite imports totaled 41,063 metric tons. This is an increase of 4,200 metric tons from 2016 totals which were about 36,862 for the same period. According to the USITC, import value for year-to-date anthracite imports totals $5.3 million.

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