Between 1966 and 1978 Polish share in the global coal trade accounted for 19%. In the late 1970s Poland was exporting more than 40 million tons of hard coal – almost as much as the total current consumption from the energy industry. In the following years Polish coal export was still at level of 20 million tons, until 1990s, when it fell drastically due to the political situation and global market events (lifting the economic sanctions for RPA thanks to the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act). Once one of the key exporters, in 2008 Poland, the largest coal producer in EU became a net coal importer, with 1-2% share in the global coal trade.

Following topics: Poland as a net coal importer, Polish coal export: from hero to zero, Position of coal traders on the Polish market.