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What is Charcoal Briquette?

Charcoal Briquette

Charcoal briquettes are one of the alternative fuels that can maintain a burning flame.

Generally, charcoal briquettes are made from coconut shell, sawdust, or other wood waste that has been processed and given several other materials.

These materials are then made into charcoal by burning. After being burned, then the charcoal is ground and sifted, and mixed with other ingredients so that it can blend.

After that, then the charcoal that has been mixed with other ingredients is printed to be made into charcoal briquettes.

Advantages of Charcoal Briquettes

Charcoal briquettes are an option because charcoal briquettes have several advantages when compared to ordinary charcoal, namely:

  • The combustion produced from charcoal briquettes has a higher heat,
  • The aroma produced by charcoal briquettes is also odorless and natural.
  • Longer-lasting combustion.
  • Higher heat of combustion
  • Less smoke produced
  • Doesn’t leave a lot of ashes
  • In addition, charcoal briquettes are environmentally friendly goods, because the basic ingredients of their manufacture use waste materials where if you make charcoal briquettes, it means you have reduced wood waste pollution.

Charcoal briquettes also have a high economic value. If it has entered into foreign markets such as the Middle East, USA, Russia, Europe and others, the price of good quality charcoal briquettes can be valued at around $1,300 USD per tonne.

Potential of Charcoal Briquettes Abroad

As an alternative fuel that is environmentally friendly with several advantages previously mentioned, charcoal briquettes have become the most sought after commodity in several countries to meet their needs.

Then, how are charcoal briquettes used abroad?

Cooking Fuel

We know that charcoal briquettes can produce a hot and long-lasting fire, therefore charcoal briquettes are very suitable to be used as heating fires for cooking.

The way to cook using briquettes is also different, some use a stove as a container for charcoal briquettes which then becomes a stove for cooking.

Then there is the barbecue method, which is cooking by roasting, smoking, and burning. To produce a natural barbecue taste, the use of charcoal is also necessary.

Well, then charcoal briquettes became a high enough requirement for barbecue.

The use of charcoal as a cooking fuel also includes home, restaurant, hotel or large industrial use.

Shisha Cigarette Burning Material

Shisha or hookah is a traditional cigarette from the Middle East which in its use requires charcoal burning to heat the tobacco inside.

The trend of shisha cigarettes is very popular in Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa. Recently, the popularity of shisha has spread to England and other western countries.


In some countries that have cold climates, people certainly need heaters in their homes.

Even though electric heaters already exist, some people still prefer the classic method using charcoal. Charcoal briquettes have become a basic need for heating.

Potential of Charcoal Briquettes from Indonesia

In terms of quality, the majority of Indonesian charcoal briquettes are already very good and able to compete in the international market.

Several countries also admit that charcoal briquettes from Indonesia are better than charcoal briquettes produced by other countries.

Even in Egypt itself, Indonesia has controlled the charcoal briquette market by 85% of the total imported charcoal briquettes in the country with a total value of $1.13 million usd in 2019.

The best charcoal briquette producers from Indonesia come from various regions. Starting from Medan, North Sumatra, then Karawang, West Java, Kendal, Central Java, to Blora and Madura, East Java.

Indonesia Briquette Importing Countries

As previously mentioned about the potential of Indonesian charcoal briquettes abroad and their quality which has been able to compete in the international market, Indonesian charcoal briquettes are also highly sought after abroad.

Then, how are the conditions abroad? Of course it is very well received because the average quality of Indonesian charcoal briquettes is indeed a lot that already meets the standards in other countries, including European countries which have high standards.

With such quality, Indonesian briquettes are sought after in European countries such as Germany, the Netherlands, England or other western countries. Usually in that country they import charcoal briquettes for barbecue.

Then there are markets also in Middle Eastern and North African countries such as Egypt, Iran, Turkey, and others. As well as Southeast Asian countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, and others. If in that country, they usually import charcoal briquettes for shisha.

Tips for Exporting Charcoal Briquettes

Well, if you plan to market

and export your briquette products abroad, there are some tips you can do.

First, make sure your charcoal briquettes are of good quality. Good quality charcoal briquettes are briquettes that are sturdy, clean, and don’t produce a lot of black dust that can stick to your hands.

Then, pack your charcoal briquettes with attractive packaging. With good and attractive packaging, the price of your charcoal briquettes can be higher and more attractive to foreign consumers.

That way, it will be easier for you to find buyers from abroad and be able to export them there.

How to Export Charcoal Briquettes

Before exporting charcoal briquettes abroad, there are several requirements in the form of documents that you must fulfill. These documents are:

  1. Packing List
    You must prepare item data or a packing list consisting of several items such as the number of items, shipping addresses, and so on. This packing list data is useful for fulfilling other documents such as PEB, COO, and Bill of Landing or Airway Bill. If necessary, also provide a purchase invoice or commercial invoice.
  1. Certificate of Analysis
    Another document that you must fulfill before exporting charcoal is a Certificate of Analysis which you can get from a lab test.
  2. Material Safety Data Sheet
    Then there is a material safety data sheet document that you must include. This document is required to provide information and other information related to cargo handling to the shipping party.
  3. Heat Treatment Letter
    Then, another document needed to export charcoal briquettes is a heat treatment letter.
    Because charcoal briquettes are one of the goods that are classified as dangerous, in the sense that they are flammable, therefore quite a lot of documents must be required to export this commodity.