AsiaDry Cargo

Indonesia bans coal exports for a month

Indonesia has banned coal exports for the month of January over concerns about local power blackouts amid tight supplies.

Indonesia is the world’s biggest exporter of thermal coal, exporting around 400m tonnes in 2020.

The Indonesian Coal Mining Association (ICMA) called on the government to revoke the ban, saying in a statement it was “taken hastily without being discussed with business players”.

Many ships bound for Indonesia have been left in limbo by the swift export ban.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
Back to top button