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Indonesia tells tin industry to be prepared for export ban

Move seen as replicating earlier policy on overseas nickel shipments

Unlicensed miners work in a tin producing area in Toboali, on the southern shores of the island of Bangka, Indonesia, in April 2021.   © Reuters

JAKARTA (Reuters) -- Indonesian authorities are preparing data and assessing current industry conditions to be ready in the event that the government decides to bring in a ban on tin exports, a senior mining ministry official said on Wednesday.

The Southeast Asian country, which is the world's top tin exporter, has already moved to halt shipments of a number of other metals in order to develop more processing at home.

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