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Tuesday, 16 February 1971


Senator COTTON - The Minister for National Development has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

The Joint Coal Board has provided the following statistics on the CIF price of coal imported into Japan. As the Japanese fiscal year runs from April to March, official figures for the year July to June are not available. Separate figures for the value of imports of coal from New South Wales end Queensland are also not available.

 

Source: Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Japan.

The table makes no allowance for differences in quality or for the way in which the proportions of coals of different types supplied by a country may have varied from year to year, and hence the figures are not strictly comparable. For example costs of coal to Japan from the various fields in New South Wales vary from one to the other depending on their chemical and physical specifications and freight rates at the time of shipment. Also much of the coal from the United Slates of America is regarded as the world's best for coking purposes and hence commands a high price.







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