The New Caledonian government has approved continued nickel ore exports to Japan amid threats by truckers to block roads.
The truckers had been pushing for exports to be increased to include China as the entire nickel sector is reeling from low commodity prices.
However, public radio said a decision on whether to ship ore to China had been put off for a week.
Earlier this month, the government of Philippe Germain admitted the context had changed and the government would re-examine demands to export low-grade ore to China.
Last August, the truck drivers blocked key access roads around Noumea for weeks over the nickel export dispute.