The forestry minister said apart from the nine companies there are 13 other having arrears of Rp 24.3 billion in reforestation fund and PSDH. The arrears were reduced from Rp 1.3 trillion in Dec.
PT Gunung Meranti repaid Rp 178.4 million (US$ 20,000) and PT Tisetia Intiga repaid Rp 354.15 million in PSDH and US$ 223,708 in DR.
The license of two of those failing to repay their PSDH and DRD debts have been revoked.
Apart from PT Artika Optima Inti I and PT Bina Mahawana Wisesa the government has revoked the license of 9 HPH companies in the past two years for DR and PSDH arrears.
From the log production of 29.1 million cubic meters in 2004, the government earned Rp 919 billion in DR, PSDH, and other fee such as IHPH.
A survey by Center for International Forestry and The Nature Conservancy in Kalimantan, in 2003, illegal logging in the regency of Berau caused a loss of Rp103 billion in DR, PSDH and other levies to the state.
If a company is eligible it will first pay DR, PSDH and IIH.
The amount of the DR and PSDH will depend on the type of business and areas.
Forestry companies have expressed opposition to planned regulation by the forestry minister requiring them to pay DR, PSDH and HPH fee (IHPH) in advance.
25, 80% of the forestry SDA revenues will also be given to the producing regions starting 2001 in the form of forest concession fee (IHPH) and forest resource royalty (PSDH).
Revenues in PSDH and DR are based on production plan and annual working plan (RKT) and timber utilization license (IPK) for logs, man made forests, pulp wood, and chip wood.