Inception date: 01 Oct 2014 | Removal date: open ended

Export licensing requirement

On 15 July 2014, the Indonesian Ministry of Trade announced new restrictions concerning the export of coal and coal-related products. The regulation 39/M-DAG/PER/7/2014 forces exporters of coal and coal-linked products (i.e. lignite, peat, coke, coal gas, mineral tars from coal, oils from coal tar and pitch coke from coal tar) to register with the ministry first. Upon obtaining a 'Eksportir Terdaftar Batubara'(listed coal exporter)-status, the companies will be then granted to export for three years before having to renew their status (art. 3, 39/M-DAG/PER/7/2014).
The new rules apply to both types of mining companies, namely Coal Contracts of Work (PKP2B) and Mining Business Permits (UIP).
The law was initially meant to come into effect on 1 September 2014 but was on 21 August 2014 delayed by a month (cf. 49/M-DAG/PER/8/2014).


On 17 April 2018, the Ministry issued regulation 52/2018 amending regulation 39/2014 for the second time. The main change in this amendment is that 5 products will no longer require calory counting during exports (see annex II of initial regulation). As this constitutes a technical barrier adjustment and is not covered by the Global Trade Alert, the new amendment is not separately reported and this intervention continues to be classified as implemented.

On 19 September 2018, the regulation was amended for a third time by regulation 95/2018. However, again, the changes constituted adjustments to technical barriers, especially licensing submission in the online portal OSS. Furthermore, article 18A introduced potential exemptions to the export provisions, if given permission by the Director General of the Minsitry of Trade and after facing technical inspection.