Are you a seaborne exporter or importer of coal? Does the date 1 January 2020 mean anything to you? We're here to convince you that it should. The forthcoming change in IMO regulations on sulphur content in marine bunker fuel impacts the mix of fuel types consumed by the shipping sector in 2020. As seaborne coal exporters and importers rely on the shipping sector to move its product, shippers can expect increases in voyage rates. This insight provides the coal importer and exporter with information to ask the important questions of its supply chain. IMO 2020 regulations and forecast impacts on some key coal voyage rates are summarised in the insight. We also present three options for the bulk shipping industry to comply with the strict sulphur content reductions including high to low-sulphur fuel swapping, scrubber installations and LNG.