On 12 January 2014, the ban on the export of unprocessed mineral ores came into effect in Indonesia. This ban enforces the mining law passed five years ago in 2009, which mandates that mineral ores for export must be processed in country from 12 January 2014.
It appears, however, that not all minerals are treated equally: it is reported that the law allows for different minimum processing requirements for different minerals before they can be exported.
Bauxite, nickel, tin, chromium, gold and silver are required to be fully processed or refined before export. Mineral ores that can be exported semi-processed or with only purification include copper, iron, lead and zinc…
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