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Coal deliveries to China restart

Coal deliveries to China restart

Today (23 March), Mongolia restarted coal deliveries to China after delaying border opening dates second times due to the coronavirus outbreak. Mongolia has stopped coal exports to China since 3 March. Earlier today, a working group including Deputy Speaker U.Enkhtuvshin, Minster of Road and Transportation B.Enkh-Amgalan as well as Deputy Director of General Agency for Specialized Investigation D.Enkhsaikhan the examined disinfection and other security measures at the Gashuun Sukhait Border Crossing.

A total of 17 enterprises applied to conduct coal transportation with 166 trucks; 70 of the trucks qualified. Therefore, the first ten coal vehicles entered China between 09.00 a.m. and 01.00 p.m.

Mongolia has set a goal to export 42 million tonnes of coal in 2020. However, the country was forced to suspended coal deliveries to China in mid-February as a measure to prevent the spread of Covid-19 across the border.

According to data from the Mongolian Customs Administration, the country exported a total of 245.9 thousand tonnes of coal to China from 1-17 February, 2020; this represents a dramatic fall from the two million tonnes of coal in January.

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