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China coal imports to fall this year amid concerns about curbs

Coal News - Published on Fri, 13 Apr 2018

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Economic Times reported that China's coal imports are expected to fall this year because of increased output at home, a senior industry official said on Tuesday, seeking to quell concern that the top consumer of the fuel will expand efforts to curb arrivals from abroad. Mr Zhao Jianguo, the vice chairman of China's Coal Transportation Association, in a presentation at an industry conference said that arrivals from abroad will be 250 million tonnes, down 8 % from 271 million in 2017.

He said that but shipments will drop because of greater domestic supplies and lower demand. Output is expected to rise 5 %.

Executives at utilities are worried that customs will increase inspections of low-quality coal imports, such as those from Indonesia, potentially inflating prices, hurting their access to raw materials and denting profits.

Beijing has banned coal imports at some smaller ports in southern China starting this month in a move to boost domestic prices.

Mr Zhao said that "There was panic about import curbs," referring to what he described as "temporary" measures at ports.

Mr Zhao said that "As long as the import is legal, we won't use mandatory administrative measures to curb imports."

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Posted By : Nanda Koijam on Fri, 13 Apr 2018
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