Restricted overseas shipments of rare earths will continue.
China produces more than 95 percent of the world's rare earths -- 17 elements critical to manufacturing everything from iPods to low-emission cars.
The government will initially allow exports of 10,546 tonnes of rare earths in 2012.
China, the world's largest rare earths producer, said Tuesday that its export quota for the sought-after commodities will remain roughly the same in 2012 as this year.
China produces more than 95 percent of the world's rare earths -- 17 elements critical to manufacturing everything from iPods to low-emission cars -- and its moves to dictate production and exports have raised an outcry among major trading partners.
"To meet the demand of the international market and maintain the basic stability of rare earth supply, the 2012 export quota will still be basically in balance with 2011," the Ministry of Commerce said.
It gave no figure for the full-year quota in 2011.
However, China exported 14,750 tonnes of rare earths in the first eleven months of this year, accounting for 49 percent of the annual quota, the ministry said in a statement on its website.