(Updating with Sept number)
BEIJING Oct 13 China imported 24.26 million
tonnes of coal in September, up more than a third from a year
ago, customs data showed on Thursday, as government-enforced
mine closures forced utilities and steel mills to buy more
foreign raw material.
For the year to date, imports increased 15.2 percent to 180
The monthly total was up from 17.7 million tonnes last year
but down from August's total of more than 26 million tonnes,
which was the highest in nearly two years.
The pace of buying may not continue into October after
Beijing allowed domestic mines to ramp up output after
inventories fell to critically low levels and prices spiked.
(For a table of China's commodity trade summary, click
(Reporting by Josephine Mason and Beijing newsroom; Editing by