Malaysia extended bauxite export ban until the end of this year
The Malaysian government said that the bauxite ban imposed since 2016 will continue to be delayed until the end of this year due to the accumulation of bauxite deposits.
Malaysia was previously the largest importer of bauxite in China, but unregulated mining caused severe damage to the bauxite mining site in eastern Pahang, causing the government to ban bauxite mining operations in early 2016. At the end of 2015, neighboring country Indonesia banned the export of bauxite. Malaysia quickly filled the gap and once became the largest bauxite supplier in China with a monthly export volume of 3.5 million tons.
Former Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar had estimated that 10 million tons of bauxite reserves would still be processed until March.
News Date: August 1, 2018. Reported by Doreen