Miners Deny Forest Leasing Tariff Hike Plan

Jumat, 25 Januari 2013 | 08:26

Mining industries deny government’s plan to increase tariff on forest leasing to 33%.Vice Chairman Indonesia Mining Association Tony Wenas asserted, by this year the forest area lend and use tariff for mining industry which reach worth of IDR3 million per hectares is considered to be very burdensome. “If the rate getting high, operating cost actually increasing,” said Tony, Tuesday (1/22).

According to Tony, government should be reviewed the disturbing area which is caused by forest land utilization for mining before rising tariff.

So far, the mining industries are obligated to pay forest land loan and use tariff which is larger than their operational coverage.

The government non-tax revenue (PNBP) of forest land’s loan and use tariff for mining sector has been stated on Government Regulation No. 2/2008. The regulation based on special formula which covering permanently disturbing area, temporarily area and permanent area can’t be reclaimed.

Moreover, Tony asked government not to implement several regulations which actually burden mining sector as well as implementing high rate amid mining commodities price slowdown.

Indonesia Coal Producers Association (APBI) Director Executive Supriatna Sahala stated if the tariff increasing to reach 33% it would actually be burdened the producers.

The tariff increasing, he added, would push business climate to be worst, so that mining sector does not need the PNBP formula and forest land loan-use tariff anymore.

 “The scheme (L4 formula on PNBP) is potentially to shut mining sector off, especially coal commodity.”

Coordinating Minister for Economy Hatta Rajasa explained that the government would also implement leasing tariff for land use in the form of reserves for mining. (msw)

by Hedwi Prihatmoko, Lili Sunardi, Arif Budi Winarto
source http://en.bisnis.com