may impose a new on to limit shipments and help boost prices, Deputy Minister Bayu Krisnamurthi told Bloomberg. The government wants to extend the life of mines, Krisnamurthi told reporters in Jakarta today. “ is a mining product and will eventually run out if we keep producing it without any controls,” he said.

Since 2007, exporters have been required to pay a 3% royalty on exports of refined metal. Trade ministry data shows that 80,917 tonnes of tin was checked prior to export in the first eleven months of 2011, down 4.5% on the corresponding period of 2010. The ministry may release December and full year figures next week.