China is set to allow a shipment of Australian coal into the country, according to a person familiar with the matter, despite a ban on such imports remaining in place as tensions between Beijing and Canberra escalate.
A cargo of 135,000 tons of Australian thermal coal on the vessel Alpha Era, which has been waiting since late May to unload at the southern Chinese port of Fangchenggang, is expected to clear customs and is bound for a local user, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the information is private. It isn’t clear why the cargo is expected to clear customs, said the person.
A separate person familiar with the ban on Australian coal, though not the Alpha Era cargo, said the order barring such shipments remained unchanged. The person with knowledge of the Alpha Era said customs didn’t explain why they were processing the cargo.