Increasing domestic production weak demand and high seaborne prices put thermal coal imports under pressure in the near term. India's government also helped to boost domestic demand by ordering state owned utilities not to use imports.High seaborne prices due China importing 30 Mt more seaborne thermal coal last year have impacted the competitiveness of imports. India's imported coal prices have risen between 50 70% in 2016 resulting in a 7 Mt fall in thermal coal imports in 2016. As Coal India continues to improve its supply outlook for thermal coal imports remains depressed. However falling seaborne prices in second half of the year will provide downside support. Thermal coal imports will fall to 146 Mt this year and 142 Mt in 2018.