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May 4, 2014

Debates over lifting log export ban in Indonesia

A group of Indonesian wood product manufacturers is strongly opposed to the government's plan to resume log exports fearing this will result in a shortage of raw materials for local companies.    The chairman of the Indonesian Furniture and Handicraft Association (AMKRI – Assosiasi Mebel & Kerejinan Indonesia) Soenoto said logs contributed about 40 percent of the total production cost so a shortage leading to higher log costs would push up production costs significantly. He stressed that at the end of 2011 the export of raw rattan was banned to support local companies and that this resulted ...

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