Constitutional Court in Indonesia Upholds Ore Shipment Ban

Indonesia’s Constitutional Court upheld today the country’s ban on exports of raw mineral ores imposed in January, rejecting a challenge from mining companies.

The court ruled the prohibition was acceptable to ensure ore supplies to domestic smelters. The Indonesian Association of Mineral Entrepreneurs and companies with mining business licenses filed a request in January to seek revision of articles in the 2009 law that formed the legal basis of the ban. Chief Justice Hamdan Zoelva said the ruling was final.

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