China’s imports of US coal, Canadian barley continue to climb amid ban on Australian exports

  • US coal exports to China more than doubled between February and March, moving Beijing closer to meeting US-China trade deal obligations
  • Canada has also gained from China-Australia trade tensions, with barley exports to China more than doubling during the current harvest season

China continued to buy large quantities of coal from the United States in March, moving it closer to meeting its obligations under the US-China trade deal and replacing Australian coal exports that were banned in October.

While only representing a fraction of Australia’s pre-ban coal exports to China, the US sold about 663,000 tonnes of coal in March, more than double its exports in February, the latest Chinese customs data showed.US coal exports to China have risen steadily from virtually nothing in October, while Australian exports of the commodity have dropped to zero in the past four months.

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