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This is the highest monthly level for such exports since the country scrapped a 40% export tax in January 2013.

Last month is also the second consecutive month that the volume had exceeded 1 million tonnes. In December, China shipped 1.02 million tonnes of coke abroad.

January’s volume is also 44.6% higher than the 740,000 tonnes exported in January 2014.

China exported 8.51 million tonnes of coke in the whole of last year.

Close to 30% of the shipments went to India while around 27% went to Japan. They were joined by Brazil, Iran and Vietnam as last year’s top five buyers of Chinese coke.