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...


BT is now on Telegram!

For daily updates on weekdays and specially selected content for the weekend. Subscribe to