China is being the top country by primary coal production in the world. As of 2014, primary coal production in China was 4.27 million thousand short tons that accounts for 47.39 % of the world's primary coal production. The top 5 countries (others are the United States of America, India, Australia, and Indonesia) account for 78.55 % of it. The world's total primary coal production was estimated at 9.01 million thousand short tons in 2014.
The sum of sales, mine consumption, issues to miners, and issues to coke, briquetting, and other ancillary plants at mines. Production data include quantities extracted from surface and underground mines, and normally exclude wastes removed at mines or associated reparation plants. Primary coal is all coal milled and, when necessary, washed and sorted.