China's National Energy Administration is set to hold a meeting early January 9 with major power generators on influences of easing coal import restrictions, as well as issues on coal supply from domestic and foreign production areas, Bloomberg reported, citing insiders.
The National Development and Reform Commission eased restrictions on coal imports at major ports by shortening the time it has taken to issue a quality inspection report for foreign coal cargoes and have cut random checks since late December, sources said.
It has no explicitly official announcements on whether the restriction lift, set to expire on February 15, will prolong.
Coal import curbs were reportedly lifted at some ports in the eastern region and Fujian, southwestern China's province late last month.
China banned second-tier ports – run by provincial governments – from coal import business since July 1 and prolonged custom clearance at first-tier ports, which run and the central government.
There hasn't yet been any news of reopening the second-tier ports.
(Writing by Alex Guo Editing by Harry Huo)
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