Malaysia suspends bauxite export

Since Indonesia implemented a ban on the export of bauxite directly from the mines, the export from Malaysia to China has exploded. This development comes at the price of a severe environmental problem for which the mining companies will be held responsible.

Malaysia has suspended its production of bauxite - one of the most important products in the dry bulk industry - for three months, citing severe pollution from the mines on the country's east coast when the bauxite is transported via trucks from the mines to the ships, according to several media sources.

The export of bauxite, which is used for the manufacturing of aluminum, from Malaysia to China has increased dramatically over the past two years after Indonesia, starting January first 2014, implemented a ban on the export of raw bauxite.

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