Why has China banned Australian coal? | ABC News
Chinese authorities have placed an indefinite ban on Australian coal imports ahead of a strict new regime of quotas.
Ahead of the ban, Australian exporters had experienced significant delays in moving coal through the Dalian ports, with the average time to process a load slipping from 25 days to 40 days since the start of the year.
Coal is Australia's most valuable export generating $64 billion worth of income, with China consuming around a quarter of the total shipments.
Dollartumbles as Chinese officials ban Australian coal imports; analystssay move 'crystallises fears' about possible crackdown