China low grade coal ban could push up Asia swaps liquidity

Facing pressure from domestic producers and chronic pollution, China's authorities are considering clamps on low grade coal imports – potentially increasing swap activity

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The introduction of an import ban on low calorific value (CV) coal in China could cause volatility in thermal coal prices, pushing up coal swaps liquidity in Asia, market participants say.

Reports emerged recently that China's National Energy Administration (NEA) has been circulating a draft proposal to mainland market participants that would ban imports of coal with a CV below 4,540kcal/kg. This is set to have an impact on Indonesia in particular, with various participants estimating that this

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