Palmer urges firmer action against China over coal tests

Original article by Peter Ker
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 13 & 18 : 13-Jul-15

China recently increased stricter standards for coal imports, and is now testing shipments for the presence of trace elements such as fluorine, arsenic and mercury. China has already rejected at least one coal shipment from Australia, and federal MP Clive Palmer says Australia should impose a tariff on iron ore exports to China in response to the new testing regime. Meanwhile, there is speculation that Canada will take the matter to the World Trade Organization.

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WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE, CHINA. MINISTRY OF COMMERCE, CANADA. DEPT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS, TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT, ANGLO AMERICAN COAL, WARATAH COAL INCORPORATED, CITIGROUP INCORPORATED

Vale China deal puts Rio, BHP on notice

Original article by Angus Grigg
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 23 : 17-Feb-15

China will provide the 400,000-tonne Valemax-class iron ore transport ships with access to its ports, overturning a ban that has been in place for three years. China Metallurgical Industry Planning Association chairman Li Xingchuang says the move is likely to boost the market share of Brazil’s Vale. Macquarie Group’s Graeme Train adds that Vale could also overtake BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto as the world’s lowest-cost producer of iron ore

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BHP BILLITON LIMITED – ASX BHP, RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, VALE SA, MACQUARIE GROUP LIMITED – ASX MQG, CHINA. MINISTRY OF TRANSPORTATION AND COMMUNICATIONS, CHINA METALLURGICAL INDUSTRY PLANNING ASSOCIATION, CHINA OCEAN SHIPPING COMPANY, CMES