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Coal mining companies demand clarity over whether they can use foreign ships

  • Norman Harsono

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, March 23, 2020   /  12:18 pm
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Coal is being loaded onto a barge on the Mahakam River in Samarinda, East Kalimantan.(AFP/Bay Ismoyo)

Indonesian coal mining companies are looking for clarity about a top government official’s vague claim that a Trade Ministry regulation that would have required the companies to only use Indonesian-flagged ships starting May has been revoked. The Indonesian Coal Mining Association (APBI) wrote in a statement on Friday that mining companies wanted the Trade Ministry to “immediately issue” a new regulation to revoke the problematic Trade Ministry Regulation No. 82/2017 “to ensure clarity for coal importers and exporters”. APBI chairman Pandu Sjahrir explained that the regulation, slated to take effect on May 1 after a two-year delay, would cut coal exports significantly. “Less than 2 percent of coal exports are being handled by domestically owned ships,” he said, adding that “several coal export shipments have been cancelled” b...