Guangzhou Port Group, owner of the largest coal transport hub in southern China, has denied market talks about a ban on coal imports in a statement published on its website on September 1.
The statement was released in response to market talks spreading among traders that foreign coal imports will be banned at Guangzhou port. The government already banned coal imports at small ports in July.
The company, operating four major ports including Neigang, Huangpu, Xinsha and Nansha, said it was not true coal imports will be banned at Guangzhou port from September 10 till January 2018.
"We did not receive any official documents asking for a ban on foreign import coal, and never said will not take foreign coal," it said. "Relevant operation on foreign coal remains normal."
The delays of some ships were caused mainly by several typhoons recently hit the region, and has nothing to do with the so-called import quota spreading on the internet, said the statement.
The port is and will be in normal operation, it said.
Guangzhou port has 14 coal berths and can handle 60 million tonnes of shipments per year.
(Writing by Tammy Yang Editing by Jessie Jia)
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