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Coal Imports Into China Jumped 34% to Record in July, ANZ Says

Aug. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Coal imports into China, the world’s biggest consumer, jumped 34 percent to a record in July, according to Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd.

Shipments climbed “sharply” from a year earlier to 17.53 million metric tons, Mark Pervan, an analyst at ANZ in Melbourne, said in a report today.

China bought more low-quality coal, according to the report. Imports came to 3.63 million tons for the anthracite variety, 4.05 million tons for coking coal and 9.85 million tons for thermal coal, it showed.

Coking coal is used to make steel, while thermal coal is burned to generate power. China is the world’s biggest steel producer.

Imports are set to accelerate next month or in October as utilities start to restock in anticipation of stronger winter demand, Pervan said. “Signs of a pickup in Chinese activity are supporting China imported coal prices,” he said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ying Diao in London at dying6@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Claudia Carpenter at ccarpenter2@bloomberg.net.

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