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DRC moves to ban copper, cobalt concentrate exports

Keywords: Tags  Democratic Republic of the Congo, DRC, Martin Kabwelulu, export ban, concentrates, copper concentrates, cobalt concentrates, Fleur Ritzema Felix Njini

WINDHOEK, Namibia — The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has banned the export of all unrefined copper and cobalt concentrates in a renewed push to support local value-added operations.

A ministry of mines directive seen by AMM sister publication Metal Bulletin bans companies from exporting concentrates of both metals. The directive was signed by mines minister Martin Kabwelulu and finance minister Patrice Kitebi Kibol Mvul.

Companies operating in the country have been asked to register all stockpiled material with the mines ministry. Exporters now have 90 days to register stockpiles and export existing stocks of concentrates.

It is unclear whether exports of other cobalt products—such as hydroxide and carbonate—also will be banned.

Fleur Ritzema, London, contributed to this story.

A version of this article was first published by AMM sister publication Metal Bulletin.

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