How is U.S. Coal Exported?

Coal usually gets from mine to market in one of three ways — by rail, truck or water transportation. Coal can also be shipped by way of conveyor to “mine mouth” power plants located nearby. In all cases, a modern, reliable and economic transportation infrastructure is an important factor in the overall cost and competitiveness of domestically mined products.


U.S. Accessible Ports and Coal Export Capacities

greenboxIndicates Important Coal Producing Areas.

Source: John T. Boyd Company
2013 JTB Coal Port Capacity and Projections List (PDF)
Source: NMA, Report: Facts About Coal and Minerals, 2016