The author presents the analysis of the state-of-the art of coal production in major countries for the period of 2000-2009. Statistics is also given on hard, coking, steam and brown coal output in the world by country. World coal imports and exports are discussed, data on Japan and European Union in particular. It is proved that over 10 recent years Russian coal exports have increased by 7-15% depending on coal variety. Coal export prices are presented for Japan and European Union. The price forecast is offered on Russian steam coal exports to Japan and EU for the period up to 2030.