India has banned all coal imports from the US due to the coal shortage in the country, as it struggles to meet its own demands.
The move follows the decision to scrap the import ban on Chinese steel, which had been in place since April.
India’s Coal Ministry said it will allow imports of coal from US producers, including Murray Energy, but only if all coal is sold domestically.
“Coal imports from US suppliers are allowed in the framework of the current domestic coal supply situation,” the ministry said in a statement.
“The imports will not be affected in any way by the import restrictions in the US,” it said.
India is the world’s biggest consumer of US coal, accounting for more than a quarter of its total consumption.
As part of its push to reduce coal imports, India is planning to export coal from the eastern states of Maharashtra and West Bengal to China, the statement said.