22:00 14.01.2019

METALS- Base metals fall as China’s exports slump

China’s export hit a two year low in December 2018 and imports also reduced. However, imports of unwrought copper rose by 12.9% reaching the record high of 5.3 million tonnes. This increase in noted in the face of decreasing Chinese exports.
Source: CNBC
21:57 14.01.2019

Update 1-China's 2018 coal imports at four-year high despite curbs

China increases its coal imports to 281.5 million tonnes in 2018, this is an increase of 3.4% on 2017. This yearly increase occurred despite the government’s attempts to curb coal imports and even after coal imports fell in December by 47% to 10.23 million tonnes.
Source: Reuters
22:02 11.01.2019

Chinese cities issue 'orange' smog alert - state radio

Chinese cities Hebei, Shandong, Henan and Shanxi issued a second tier or ‘orange’ level pollution alert in response to the high levels of smog expected in the region. Steel mills, coke plants and aluminium smelters were expected to cut their output by at least 30% during the alert.
Source: Reuters
22:14 10.01.2019

China's Henan underperforms on smog after winter surge

The Chinese industrial city of Henan reached its pollution targets for 2018 but was more polluting than the rest of the country following a surge in smog over the winter. The region is a heavy coal and metal producer and is being targeted by the government’s “war on pollution”.
Source: Reuters
22:45 08.01.2019

China bans discharge from open-loop scrubbers in coastal waters: official

China has banned the expulsion of “wash water” which used to remove hazardous chemical from ships starting 1st January 2019. This is part of its strategy to cut pollution in coastal areas. The ban will not expand to all of China’s waters because of the cost it was place on the shipping industry. This restriction is alongside tighter restrictions on sulphur and nitrogen oxide emission from ships in coastal areas.
Source: Reuters