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Indonesia relaxes export ban to allow 37 coal vessels to depart

Partial easing comes amid pressure from Asian nations and to avoid 'fire risks'

Indonesia, the world's biggest thermal coal exporter, has allowed 37 loaded coal vessels to depart after they secured approvals from authorities.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- Indonesia has allowed 37 vessels previously loaded with coal to leave the country, the Coordinating Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Investment said on Thursday.

The partial relaxation comes amid lobbying by other Asian nations that rely on supplies from the archipelago.

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