China to allow Australian coal cargo ashore despite ban

China is set to allow a shipment of Australian coal ashore in the country soon, despite such commodities being blacklisted. The vessel in question has been waiting off the coast of China for nearly six months to unload.

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China is set to allow a shipment of Australian coal into the country, according to a person familiar with the matter, despite a ban on such imports remaining in place as tensions between Beijing and Canberra escalate.

A cargo of 135,000 tons of Australian thermal coal on the vessel Alpha Era, which has been waiting almost six months to unload at the southern Chinese port of Fangchenggang, is expected to clear customs and is bound for a local user, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the information is private.

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