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RFI Chinese: China Abruptly Removed Coal Import Tariffs

Radio France Internationale (RFI) Chinese Edition recently reported that China announced not long ago that it would remove tariffs on its coal imports. As the world’s most populous country, China pledged in 2020 to start reducing carbon emissions by 2030. However, 56 percent of its energy consumption is still based on coal, which has been considered to be an energy source particularly harmful to the climate. In the announcement of China’s General Administration of Customs, the removal of import duties on coal lasts from May 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023. China currently imposes tariffs of three to six percent on imported coal. The General Administration of Customs said the measure was taken to “further secure the country’s energy supply” and development. Faced with last year’s power shortage, China has decided to boost its coal production and the government has ordered Chinese mines to “produce as much coal as possible.” In addition, in 2021, large-scale coal-fired power plant projects were also launched. Coal consumption in China, the world’s second-largest economy, rose 4.9 percent last year.

Source: RFI Chinese, April 28, 2022