BEIJING Jan 17 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)