Lawmakers in the country are currently scrambling to amend
regulation which at present bans all unrefined mined minerals
from leaving the country after Wednesday January 11. "We are
working co-operatively with government officials to ensure that
our operations can continue without interruption," Freeport
spokesman Eric Kinneberg said in emailed comments on Tuesday.
As current laws stand, copper mining products with a minimum of
15% purity are allowed to be shipped out of Indonesia, which
allows for Freeport to ship concentrates to its main customers:
smelters in Japan, South Korea and India; a requirement for
only refined exports would cut off these shipments. But the
government is looking to amend the...