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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Tom Daly News

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Hapag-Lloyd to Halt Waste Shipments to China

German container shipping line Hapag-Lloyd said it had notified customers it will stop accepting cargoes of solid waste, including scrap metal, bound for China that arrive from September 1 onward to comply with new legislation.China in April passed a law, taking effect in September, that holds carriers and importers responsible for the return and disposal of solid waste that fails to meet import requirements.It plans a blanket ban on solid waste imports by end-2020 for environmental reasons."This legislation is applicable to all solid waste cargo such as waste paper, waste plastics, waste meta

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China's Coal Imports Fall Nearly 20% in May

China's coal imports in May fell nearly 20% compared with a year earlier even as demand recovered at power plants and industrial users, customs data showed on Sunday.Analysts and industrial participants had expected China to tighten coal import rules in the second half of 2020 to support domestic miners, and imports starting in July may drop by as much as a quarter from the corresponding 2019 period.Sunday's data showed the country imported 22.06 million tonnes of coal last month, according to the General Administration of Customs released on Sunday.

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Dalian Exchange Calls for 'Rational' Iron Ore Trade

China's Dalian Commodity Exchange on Tuesday asked members to act "rationally" in iron ore futures trade after prices for the steelmaking ingredient held above $100 per tonne."The iron ore market has been facing many uncertainties recently," the Dalian bourse said on its website, adding that it would strengthen investigations and strictly crack down on any irregularities.Dalian's most traded iron ore futures contract, for September delivery, has jumped more than 8% since May 26 on concerns of tight supply from Brazil.It closed at 757 yuan ($106.62) per tonne on Tuesday.($1 = 7.0999 Chinese yua

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China's April Soybean Imports from Brazil Rise 2.6%

China's soybean imports in April from top supplier Brazil rose 2.6% from a year earlier, customs data showed late Monday, as the South American country could ship more cargoes owing to better weather conditions.China, the world's top soybean buyer, brought in 5.939 million tonnes of the oilseed from Brazil in April, up from 5.786 million tonnes last year, according to the General Administration of Customs data detailing the origin and destinations of commodity shipments.April's imports from Brazil were also almost triple March arrivals of 2.099 million tonnes, which had seen severe cargo delay

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China's Iron Ore Imports Jump in April

China's iron ore imports in April rose 11.4% from a month earlier on robust demand from steelmakers, as downstream sectors started to emerge from lockdowns to contain the coronavirus epidemic.Arrivals of the steelmaking ingredient were 95.71 million tonnes last month, data released on Thursday by the General Administration of Customs showed.That compares with imports of 85.91 million tonnes in March and 80.77 million tonnes a year earlier, when shipments from Brazil's top miner Vale SA were disrupted after a tailings dam disaster.In the first four months of 2020…

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Chinese Coal Imports on the Rise

China's coal imports in April surged 22% from a year earlier, as traders scrambled to snap up low-cost coal from the seaborne market amid plunging demand for the fuel worldwide because of the coronavirus pandemic.The world's largest coal buyer imported 30.95 million tonnes of coal last month, according to the official data from the General Administration of Customs released on Thursday.That compares to 27.83 million tonnes imported in March and 25.3 million tonnes in April 2019.Imports over the January to April period jumped 26.9% to 126.73 million tonnes, customs said.

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China to Grant Tariff Exemptions on 696 US Goods

China will grant exemptions on retaliatory duties imposed against 696 U.S. goods, the most substantial tariff relief to be offered so far, as Beijing seeks to fulfill commitments made in its interim trade deal with the United States.Tuesday's announcement comes after the Phase 1 trade deal between the two countries took effect on Feb. 14 and is the third round of tariff exemptions China has offered on U.S. goods.China has committed to boosting its purchases of goods and services from the United States by $200 billion over two years as part of the agreement…

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Coronavirus Slows China's Belt and Road Push

When President Xi Jinping made his first state visit this year to Myanmar and signed new infrastructure contracts, there was no indication of the obstacle about to trip up China's plan for railways, ports and highways around the world: the coronavirus.Travel restrictions to prevent the spread of the disease, which has now killed more than 1,800 people, have idled much of the world's second-largest economy and choked key elements of Xi's signature Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).Chinese workers cannot get to overseas projects…

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China's Coal Consumption to Rise in 2019

China's coal consumption is set to rise slighly to 3.89 billion tonnes in 2019 from 3.87 billion tonnes last year, the president of the China National Coal Association said on Monday.Wang Xianzheng made the forecast at an industry event in Beijing hosted by China Energy Investment Corp and the International Energy Agency. Reporting by Meng Meng and Tom Daly

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China Jan Soybean Imports from U.S. Double vs Dec

China's imports of U.S. soybeans nearly doubled in January from the previous month as cargoes booked after a Sino-U.S. trade truce arrived in the world's top oilseed importer, according to Chinese customs data published late on Monday.China brought in 135,814 tonnes of U.S. soybeans in January, up 95 percent from 69,298 tonnes in December. But the figure was still down 99.7 percent from 5.82 million tonnes a year earlier as Beijing's hefty tariffs on American shipments curbed purchases.China typically buys from the United States in the last quarter and first couple of months of the year…

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U.S. Soybean Cargo Unloaded in China

A vessel carrying U.S. soybeans has unloaded its cargo at the port of Qingdao in China on Friday, shipping data showed, amid a trade truce between China and the United States.The Star Laura, originally carrying 69,298 tonnes of soybeans loaded in Seattle, arrived at Qingdao outer anchorage in early November.The vessel's draft is now at 44 percent of its maximum depth, indicating it has emptied its load, data from Refinitive Eikon showed.The ship changed destination to South Korea in early November but came back to the port in eastern Shandong province in December…

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China to Encourage Shipping Consolidation

China will encourage mergers and consolidations among central government-held shipping companies, the head of the state assets regulator said on Tuesday.Xiao Yaqing, chief of state-owned Asset Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC) was speaking at a forum on the sidelines of China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai.(Reporting by Tom Daly and Beijing Monitoring Desk, Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)

Sinopec: Phase 2 of Tianjin LNG Terminal Approved

China Petrochemical Corp, known as Sinopec, said on Thursday that the second phase of its Tianjin LNG receiving terminal in the north of the country was approved by the Tianjin Development and Reform Commission on Oct. 29.The terminal, which received its first cargo in February this year, will add five LNG storage tanks in the second phase - each with a capacity of 220,000 cubic meters. Construction is due to begin in March 2019 and be completed in December 2021, Sinopec said.(Reporting by Tom Daly; Editing by Gopakumar Warrier)

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China Quickens Clearance Process for Some Ore Imports

China's customs says it has introduced a new system designed to speed up customs clearance for some imported mineral ores, including iron ore, at the country's ports.The mineral cargoes can now first be unloaded from vessels and moved to a laboratory for inspection, in a break from the previous onboard inspection system.The new system, dubbed "first release, then inspect," applies to iron, chromium and manganese ore, as well as lead and zinc ore and concentrate, the General Administration of Customs said on its official Weibo account on Monday.China is the world's biggest importer of iron ore,

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Third US Soybean Vessel Left in Limbo Unloads Cargo in China

The Cemtex Pioneer, a vessel carrying U.S. soybeans that was caught up in the China-U.S. trade row, has left east China's port of Nantong near Shanghai, according to shipping data on Thomson Reuters Eikon on Sunday.The vessel's draft is now at 58 percent of its maximum, indicating that it has unloaded its cargo, according to the Eikon data, which showed the ship now headed for the Australian port of Abbot Point.Cemtex Pioneer, which was previously fully laden in port, is the third vessel to unload a U.S.

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China Busts Gangs Smuggling Scrap Steel

Customs in China's southeastern Fujian province broke up five gangs smuggling scrap steel in a late-night operation on Monday, the official Xinhua news agency reported.A total of 28 criminal suspects were held in Xiamen, Quanzhou and other cities in the coordinated operation, in which 3,237 tonnes of scrap steel was seized.The gangs had been buying the scrap in China, the world's biggest steel producer, since 2017 and sending it to Southeast Asian countries, Xinhua said.Amount of scrap smuggled was put at around 50,000 tonnes, worth some 78 million yuan ($12.2 million), as gangs sought to cash

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Sea Ice Could Disrupt Shipping in Northern China

A unit of China's State Oceanic Administration (SOA) on Friday issued a blue alert for sea ice in a key port area in the north of the country, potentially disrupting commodities shipments, as temperatures in the region plummet. Sea ice in the Liaodong Bay, the northern arm of China's Bohai Sea, now extends 67 nautical miles (124 km) from the shoreline, the North China Sea Marine Forecasting Center said in an 0700 GMT alert. Ice also extends 18 nautical miles out in the northern part of the Yellow Sea, the Center said.