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China July coal imports rise to highest since January 2014 amid heatwave

Reuters  |  BEIJING 

(Reuters) - increased its in July by 14 percent to their highest in 4-1/2 years, official data showed on Wednesday as rising temperatures boosted demand for coal-fired power to run air conditioners in the world's top buyer of the fuel.

Arrivals came in at 29.01 million tonnes last month, the said. That is the highest since January 2014.

rose 23.9 percent from the 25.47 million tonnes in June and climbed 49.1 percent from the 19.46 million tonnes in July 2017.

Electric power loads on the transmission grid in parts of soared late last month because of high temperatures, with southern areas of the province that surrounds reporting record demand and the of warning of power shortages.

Increased buying of foreign shipments has also been spurred by curbs on domestic output as increases checks on heavy industry to clear air pollution.

"The authorities have vowed to ensure supplies and keep prices running smoothly during the peak season, therefore checks on could not be tightened in the short term," said Cheng Gong, analyst at

The figures include lignite, a type of coal with lower heating value that is largely supplied by

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(Reporting by Josephine Mason and Muyu Xu; Editing by Christian Schmollinger)

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First Published: Wed, August 08 2018. 09:29 IST