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Coal companies demand clarity over use of foreign ships

  • Norman Harsono

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, March 24 2020   /  01:12 am

Less than 2 percent of coal exports use domestic shipsIndonesian coal mining companies are looking for clarity about a top government official’s vague claim that a trade ministerial regulation that would have required the companies to only use Indonesian-flagged ships starting May has been revoked.The Indonesian Coal Mining Association (APBI) wrote in a statement on Friday that mining companies wanted the Trade Ministry to “immediately issue” a new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 Ministerial 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 ca...