Katanga Mining Announces Lifting of Customs Restrictions and Resumption of Imports and Exports
ZUG, Switzerland, Nov. 16, 2018 /CNW/ - Katanga Mining Limited (TSX: KAT) ("Katanga" or the "Company") today announces that the previously disclosed internal instruction of the Direction Générale des Douanes et Accises ("DGDA") in the Democratic Republic of the Congo temporarily preventing the Company's 75% owned subsidiary, Kamoto Copper Company SA ("KCC"), from importing or exporting any material or production has been lifted and that imports and exports of material and production have resumed. As previously disclosed, the DGDA issued an internal instruction on November 9, 2018, temporarily preventing the KCC from importing or exporting any material or production, including copper production, as a result of KCC's alleged failure to declare and pay duties on the export of at least 6,650 tons of copper in December 2014 and January 2015.
The dispute with the DGDA arose as a result of the Company's previously disclosed overstatement of copper cathode production by 6,650 tonnes in December, 2014. This overstated cathode production was provisionally invoiced in the amount of $43 million on December 31, 2014. However, as disclosed in the Company's restated consolidated financial statements for the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, the overstated cathode production and the provisional invoicing of $43 million were eliminated from the restated financial statements.
Although the 6,650 tonnes of copper cathode at issue were not produced by KCC in 2014 or exported in 2015, the DGDA continues to claim that KCC failed to pay export duties on the export of these copper lots. Although the temporary suspension of imports and exports has been lifted, the DGDA is proposing to levy export duties and penalties on KCC. The validity and quantum of the DGDA's proposed export duties and penalties remains in dispute. Given that the copper cathode production at issue did not exist and that the copper lots were not exported, KCC intends to continue vigorously contesting any export duties or penalties on the overstated (not produced and not sold) copper cathodes.
About Katanga Mining Limited
Katanga Mining Limited operates a major mine complex in the Democratic Republic of Congo producing refined copper and cobalt. The Company has the potential to become Africa's largest copper producer and the world's largest cobalt producer. Katanga is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol KAT.
Forward Looking Statements
The temporary suspension of the imports and exports of KCC had no significant impact on the production and the financial situation of the Company. KCC has continued mining, and has sufficient stocks and consumables to operate normally for several days in the event of border closure, congestion or administrative suspension of imports and exports. Should the dispute with DGDA not be resolved in the future, the DGDA may impose another administrative suspension of imports and exports against KCC. Any such suspension is not expected to trigger an immediate impact on the production of the Company. Any future announcements regarding any such suspensions will only be made if this has or is anticipated to have a material impact on the Company.
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