Coal was worth $3.7 billion to the Australian economy in December alone.
Even as total volume of Australian coal exports have dropped values have surged.
The value of metallurgical coal exports is forecast to fall to $22 billion in 2020-21.
Trade figures showed how Australia's resources and energy sector continued to underpin its economy.
Asian thermal coal imports are expected to grow by more than 270 million tonnes to 1.1Bt.
Australia sends between 20-25% of both its total coking and thermal coal exports to China.
Australian coal, gas and iron ore exports to China surge.
While coal exports increased 15.3% in March, they were down a similar amount on last year.
Coal exports rise as foreign rivals lock down.
Iron ore and coal driving Australian GDP.
Australia is well placed to help India meet its growing demand for coal.
Australia must stop selling coal, says Branson.