The article contains the analysis of steam coal production in main regions and countries of the world for the period of 2000-2010. The trends are described of steam coal output in major coal basins of the Russian Federation and by main Russian coal producers in 2000-2011. The analysis is also presented of steam coal imports and exports in main regions and countries of the world for the period of 2000-2010, as well as steam coal exports to APR countries (Japan) and EU, and steam coal prices for Japan and EU for the same period. The forecast is given of Russian steam coal prices for exports to APR countries (Japan) and EU for the period up to 2030. The author also presents the forecasts of some probable steam coal production trends in Russia up to 2030 specified in the Long-Term Programme of the Coal Industry Development for the period up to 2030. The article also contains a forecast of energy intensity (coal consumption) of the GDP globally and for major hard coal producing and consuming countries for the period up to 2020. The statistics is also presented on the pulverized fuel demand globally and in main consuming countries in 2001-2009. It is supplemented by the forecast of the hard coal demand in the world and in main countries up to 2010.