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Propects for Polish and Soviet Coal Exports

AUTHOR: Guy Doyle
DATE: June 1989

This report investigates the reasons for the recently-declining volume of coal exports from Poland and the USSR. A survey of the two coal industries examines the historical coal production trends, the pattern of coal production, the structure of the industry, the coal types, the mining conditions, employment, labour productivity and costs. A discussion of coal production prospects, coal transport infrastructure, internal coal demand, and energy and trade policy leads the author to conclude that coal demand in Poland and the USSR will grow more rapidly than coal production. The implication of this is that coal exports will continue to decline.