Metallurgical coal manufacturer body flags concern over met coke influx at prices below output cost

IMCOM said the surge in overseas met coke flooding the Indian markets has prompted local traders to seek international purchases to maximise their margins

   
metallurgical coal body concerns over met coke influx prices

Association of producers and suppliers of metallurgical coal on Monday expressed concerns over the ”influx of met coke at prices below the domestic cost of production” and sought the government’s intervention to resolve the issue.

Metallurgical coal is a grade of coal that can be used to produce good-quality coke.

The prevailing import rate for metallurgical coke in India is USD 395 per tonne, while the production cost for domestic met coke manufacturers is around USD 460 per tonne. This significant pricing gap has led to an influx of over 3.6 million tonnes of inexpensive met coke imports during 2022-23, posing a substantial challenge to India’s merchant met coke sector.

The Indian Metallurgical Coke Manufacturers’ Association (IMCOM) said. ”To maintain a sustainable ecosystem in the met coke industry, we suggest that the Indian government impose quantitative restrictions on overseas met coke imports. Such restrictions across various countries could potentially curtail total imports, reducing the overwhelming influx of cheaper met coke from over 3.6 million tonnes to approximately 2.6 million tonnes,” IMCOM President Dipak Agarwalla said.

IMCOM said the surge in overseas met coke flooding the Indian markets has prompted local traders to seek international purchases to maximise their margins.

Consequently, this scenario has triggered a severe unemployment crisis within the Indian met coke industry, preventing operations from reaching full capacity, and intensifying economic woes, it said. This stark disparity between inexpensive imports and rising domestic production costs is alarming for the sustainability of the local ecosystem, IMCOM added.

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