Coal loses support as demand in China falters
The global coal trade declined for the first time in 21 years in 2014, and likely contracted further this year as well, according to information from the Energy Information Administration (EIA). The global coal trade grew rapidly from 2008 to 2013 as demand in Asia picked up to support expanding economies in the region, particularly in China. Declines in China’s import demand have led to declines in total world coal trade in 2014 and, based on preliminary data, in 2015 as well.

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