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Jakarta Post

Seven firms accused of illegal nickel exports

  • Norman Harsono and Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, November 1 2019   /  12:12 am

The government is moving fast in investigating alleged nickel export irregularities that prompted its high-ranking officials to announce a sudden temporary export ban of the commodity, which plays an important role in a plethora of industrial operations, including the production of electric car batteries and stainless steel.Seven raw nickel-exporting companies are under scrutiny for allegedly violating Energy and Mineral Resources Ministerial Regulation No. 11/2019.“Not seven ships but seven companies,” Customs and Excise Directorate General spokesman Deni Surjantoro clarified with The Jakarta Post via text message on Thursday. “We’re now conducting an investigation with a task force from Bakamla [Maritime Security Agency] and the process is being carried out through laboratory tests.”The tests are needed to determine whether the companies’ nickel ore exports adhere to provis...