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China to Ban Imports of High Ash, High Sulfur Coal from 2015

Posted September 17, 2014

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues


China will ban the import and local sale of coal with high ash and sulfur content starting from 2015 in a bid to tackle air pollution, with tough requirements in major coastal cities set to hit Australian miners.

China imported about 54 million tonnes of Australian thermal coal and another 13 million tonnes from South Africa in 2013 – most of which would not meet the proposed restrictions on ash and content.

The policy, previously reported by Reuters, comes as prices on the Global Coal Newcastle index slump to a five-year low amid a supply glut and slowing demand from China, the world's top importer. Read more here.