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China’s Jan-Feb coal imports slide 14% on supply disruption

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BEIJING — China’s coal imports in the first two months of 2022 dropped 14% from a year earlier after Indonesia, its biggest overseas supplier of the fuel, banned exports for a period in January, delaying shipments of dozens of cargoes.

China, the world’s biggest consumer of the polluting fuel, brought in 35.39 million tonnes of coal during the January-February period, compared to 41.13 million tonnes in the same period in 2021, data from the General Administration of Customs showed on Monday.

Customs did not give separate data for January and February. (Reporting by Muyu Xu and Dominique Patton; Editing by Christopher Cushing)