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China's Fuzhou Port Tightens Coal Import Restrictions

Coal News - Published on Mon, 24 Jun 2019

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Platts reported that customs officials for the Fuzhou port in China's southeastern Fujian region said only coal end-users such as local steel mills or power plants will be able to obtain customs clearance for imported coal. Traders said that the decision came into force and effectively prohibits end-users from using their import quotas to bring in thermal coal for users located outside Fuzhou. Hence, coal imports without the backing of local end-users could be refused customs clearance at Fuzhou, market sources said.

A southeastern China-based trader added that "This signals to me the start of coal import restrictions, and just like last year, there will not be any official documentation."

An Australia-based miner said that "This seems to be a warning to Chinese imports and the demand from China will now reduce."

Fuzhou customs officials did not disclose the amount of seaborne-traded thermal coal that end-users will be able to import into the port, said various southeastern China-based sources.

Sources added that more coal imports were being declared to customs authorities away from the home district of the end-users.

A southeastern China-based trader said that "This happens more often at eastern China customs."

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Posted By : Sanju Moirangthem on Mon, 24 Jun 2019
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