BEIJING Jan 17 (Reuters) - China's coal imports, including lignite, rose 24.7 percent in December from the previous month to reach 35.46 million tonnes, data from the China Coal Transport and Distribution Association showed on Friday.
Shipments in December were up 1.1 percent from a year ago, the data showed.
Total imports of the fuel reached 327.08 million tonnes in 2013, up 13.4 percent on the previous year.
The association's data does not give a breakdown of the types of coal that were imported. China's customs agency will release detailed import and export data later this month. (Reporting by Beijing Newsroom; Editing by Paul Tait)