The Minister of Trade is investigating reports that China has stopped favorable imports of Australian coal.
China’s steel mills and power plants are reportedly told to stop using Australian coking and steaming coal.
The state-owned port was clearly ordered not to unload cargo.
Trade Minister Simon Birmingham confirmed that Australia’s coal transport to China was disrupted, but said there was no evidence to prove a full-scale import ban.
“I saw the report, and we did contact the Australian industry,” he told ABC Radio on Tuesday.
“We have also been working to seek action from the Chinese authorities regarding the public accusations.”
Senator Birmingham has been unable to contact Chinese responders for months due to frozen diplomatic relations.
This is not the first time Australia’s coal imports into China have been suspended in recent years.
“There was a pattern where some formal quota systems seemed to be up and running,” he said.
“But we take the report seriously and seek some guarantees from the Chinese authorities.”
China has launched an Australian beef, barley and wine trade strike in recent months.
Further strikes on Australia’s coal could destroy an already depressed economy.
Australia is China’s largest supplier of thermal coal, with coking coal exports surged 67% in the first half of this year.
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