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Latvia is poor in natural resources, including coal - it has no actual coalmines now; at the Soviet period they did geological survey for lignite in the country, but after 1991 the work was stopped and now there are no coal commercial reserves in Latvia.

Coal doesn't play significant role in the country's economy; almost 90% of the country's thermal power plants work in natural gas and mazout - and thus Latvia imports only 140-150 ktpa of steam coal (mainly from Russia).

There are no crude steel mills in the country and thus Latvia doesn't import coking coal or coke.

Not being the influential coal producer or consumer, Latvia nevertheless plays an important role in coal transportation; its seaports are actively used for Russian coal export in EU, so coal makes the largest contribution in Latvia's export transit.

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