China is facing shortages of coal heading into winter due to import restrictions and recent safety and environmental inspections. Photo: AFP
China is facing shortages of coal heading into winter due to import restrictions and recent safety and environmental inspections. Photo: AFP

China faces coal shortage as import restrictions, tighter environmental checks begin to bite

  • China has imposed caps on coal imports through quotas and quality restrictions in recent months, which has seen import growth to decline since May
  • Authorities have used the restrictions to manage domestic demand, but areas like the country’s frigid northeast face shortages as winter approaches

China is facing shortages of coal heading into winter due to import restrictions and recent safety and environmental inspections. Photo: AFP
China is facing shortages of coal heading into winter due to import restrictions and recent safety and environmental inspections. Photo: AFP
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