Energy: Coal Imports

House of Lords written question – answered on 23rd January 2008.

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Photo of Lord Mason of Barnsley Lord Mason of Barnsley Labour

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What was the total tonnage of coal imported into the United Kingdom during each of the years 2001 to 2007; from which countries the coal was imported; what was the estimated cost; and what was the estimated tonnage imported to South Yorkshire during those years.

Photo of Lord Jones of Birmingham Lord Jones of Birmingham Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform, Minister of State, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (also in the Department of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform), Minister of State (Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform) (Business and Regulatory Reform)

The total tonnage of coal imported into the United Kingdom during each of the years 2001 to 2006 on a country of origin basis is summarised below. The total value of imports is also included. Data for 2007 will not be available until later this year.

Thousand tonnes
Country 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
European Union
Belgium/Luxembourg 6 2 12 11 14 2
Denmark - - - - - 10
Estonia (1) .. .. .. 22 15 37
France - 17 19 50 4 5
Germany - 10 2 13 16 50
Irish Republic 72 46 57 40 38 19
Italy - - 14 - - -
Latvia (1) .. .. .. 11 92 357
Netherlands (2) 157 257 246 193 197 188
Poland (1) .. .. .. 1,208 647 883
Spain - 9 21 24 41 46
Sweden 5 25 - - - -
Total European Union 240 366 369 1,580 1,066 1,597
Australia 7,076 5,093 5,664 6,175 4,464 4,018
Canada 1,182 750 839 740 1,084 1,282
Colombia 6,722 3,547 3,398 3,630 3,289 3,798
Indonesia 50 45 402 1,458 1,616 1,895
Norway 24 164 145 138 - -
People's Republic of China 705 288 210 233 135 55
Poland (1) 1,235 1,596 1,902 .. .. ..
Republic of South Africa 10,259 9,876 12,194 10,144 13,029 12,953
Russia 3,895 4,368 5,089 9,932 17,521 22,739
United States of America 2,610 1,567 1,154 2,061 1,509 1,993
Venezuela 56 - - 39 - -
Vietnam 92 86 45 23 - -
Other countries 1,396 940 480 - 255 126
Total all countries 35,542 28,686 31,891 36,153 43,968 50,456
Value of imports (cif) (£m) (3) 1,158 852 924 1,329 1,873 2,132

Source: HM Revenue and Customs as published in Table G.5 of the internet version of the Digest of UK Energy Statistics 2007 (www.berr.gov.uk/energy/statistics/publications/dukes/page39771.html)

.. Not applicable.

- Nil or negligible.

(1) Joined the EU on 1 May 2004.

(2) Includes extra-EU coal routed through the Netherlands.

(3) Value of imports are "cif" (cost, insurance and freight).

HM Revenue and Customs' Regional Trade Statistics show that imports of coal, coke and briquettes into the Yorkshire and the Humber region over the same period were as follows:

Year Thousand tonnes
2001 70
2002 188
2003 90
2004 1,042
2005 4,065
2006 4,706

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