January 14, 2019 / 3:20 AM / 6 months ago

China's 2018 coal imports at four-year high despite government curbs

BEIJING, Jan 14 (Reuters) - China’s coal imports rose to 281.5 million tonnes in 2018, the highest annually since 2014, data from the General Administration of Customs showed.

Coal shipments last year rose 3.4 percent from 2017 despite government efforts over the past two years to reduce imports to boost domestic prices.

Imports in December tumbled 46.6 percent to 10.23 million tonnes, customs data showed.

Reporting by Meng Meng and Dominique Patton; Editing by Christian Schmollinger

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