Black coal imports up


Black coal imports in the Czech Republic have been on gradual increase in recent years, last year growing by one quarter to 5.6 billion crowns, according to data from the Czech Statistical Office. The main importer was Poland (around 4 billion crowns), followed by Russia (992 million). Except for a drop in 2009, black coal imports to the Czech Republic have grown steadily. According to experts, coal imports are important for the functioning of the Czech market and price formation. They are not expected, however, to dominate over domestic production in the future, experts say.

Regarding brown coal, domestic mining companies expect a considerable fall in output in the coming years, mainly due to the mining limits. Coal prices for heating plants and other customers are therefore expected to go up.