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Indonesian Coal Exports

Coal, Minor Bulks

In an 18 January statement reported by newswires, an Indonesian government official said 48 vessels carrying coal for export had been allowed to depart the country. Although the export ban officially remains in place, the country’s Trade Minister said miners would be able to resume shipments once they had fulfilled their Domestic Market Obligation.

Indonesian coal exports slipped to a seven-month low of 33.7 Mt in November 2021, down by 3.2 Mt year-on-year, Bank Indonesia data show. However, strong shipments in the preceding months meant January-November exports were still up by 34.2 Mt on the same period in 2020 at 399.8 Mt.

Meanwhile, the country’s bauxite exports climbed to the highest level since shipments restarted in June 2017 at 3.0 Mt in November, up 1.4 Mt year-on-year.