China's met coal imports surged 175% in H1 2012

China Customs data released over the weekend showed showed the country's imports of coal in June jumped by 98% year-on-year to 27.2 million tonnes.

Platts reports coking coal rocketed by 94% to 6.5 million tonnes June compared to last year.

During the first half of 2012, China imported a total of 140 million tonnes which was 66% higher, boosted by an increase in coking coal imports of 175% year-on-year to 43.6 million.

In contrast China's exports of coal slumped 18% during the first half compare to 2011.