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Indonesian coal exporters chafe at new regulations

Exports seen falling with backlog of firms waiting to be registered for permits

[JAKARTA] Indonesia's coal exports are expected to fall 15-20 per cent in October from September and could decline 5 per cent this year as firms scramble to obtain government export permits to comply with new rules that were due to come into effect on Wednesday.

The new regulations - intended to stamp out illegal mining and ensure ample coal supplies for domestic power plants - require exporters to get approval from the mining and trade ministries.

But the industry says the rules are poorly timed and...

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