Downturn in China’s commodity imports intensifying

China’s imports of key commodities slumped almost across the board in September. The main exception was imports of coal, which soared in response to recent power shortages. We expect coal imports to remain strong over the next few months, but they too will eventually fall back next year.
Kieran Clancy Commodities Economist
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