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China's Coal Imports Slump 42% as Australian Cargoes Delayed

  • Daily shipments fell to 630,036 tons from highest since 2014
  • Natural gas imports retreat after hitting record in January
Aerial Views Of Newcastle Coal Industry And Glencore Plc Coal Operations

Photographer: Brendon Thorne/Bloomberg

China’s coal imports in February tumbled 42 percent from the prior month as the world’s top buyer stalled custom clearances of shipments from Australia, sparking speculation it was retaliating politically against one of its biggest suppliers.