Indonesia's mining ministry has recommended that the international mining giant, Freeport-McMoran, be granted a new export permit, albeit for a shorter period than requested.
The company operates one of the world's largest copper mines in West Papua, and the new permit allows it to export copper concentrates until January.
Freeport had asked for a six-month permit.
Last February, shipments from the mine were halted for nearly two weeks before the government approved the company's just-expired permit.
The Indonesian government said it will ban all copper concentrate permits from January 2017 as it seeks to become a producer of finished goods, rather than an exporter of raw materials.