ANNOUNCEMENT 12 Mar 2021

In March 2021, Indonesia exempted the requirement of the construction of smelters to grant the export license for nickel ores and copper.

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1

  • 0 harmful
  • 0 neutral
  • 1 liberalising

SOURCE

The Indonesia Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resource Decree No. 46.K/MB.04/MEM.B/2021 (in Bahasa Indonesia): https://jdih.esdm.go.id/storage/document/Kepmen%20ESDM%20No.%2046.K-MB.04-MEM.B-2021.pdf

Inception date: 12 Mar 2021 | Removal date: open ended

Export licensing requirement

On 12 March 2021, Indonesia issued the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Decree No. 46.K/MB.04/MEM.B/2021 changing the conditions related to obtaining an export licensing requirement for copper and nickel ores. Concretely, the new regulation removed the provision under which export licenses could only be obtained if the company built a smelter. As a consequence, under the new rules, export permits on copper and nickel ores would still be given even though the target of construction of a smelter was not met.

Indonesia introduced the prohibition of the export of unprocessed metals and non-metallic minerals in 2012. However, the relaxation on the export of mineral resources subject to the progress of the development smelter was introduced in 2017 (see related acts). 

The regulation came into force on 12 March 2021. 

 

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