Indonesia to shorten list of prohibited, restricted goods
The Jakarta Post
Indonesia is now working to shorten the list of prohibited and restricted goods and to simplify the process of verification in an attempt to reduce the dwell lime in seaports, Coordinating Economic Minister Darmin Nasution said on Tuesday.
He said it was part of the implementation of the 15th economic policy package to improve logistics services as well as to cut logistics costs.
The import permits of certain goods would also be regulated under the supervision of one ministry, rather than several government institutions, Darmin said.
The government is trying to reduce the number of prohibited and restricted goods from the current 49 percent of 10,826 HS (harmonized system) codes listed in the Custom Tariff Book (BTKI) to only 19 percent.Read also: Indonesia launches 15th economic policy package
Meanwhile, customs and excise director Heru Pambudi said that some goods would be verified outside ports, through a post-border control system. “If we can implement this, we are sure that the list can be reduced to 19 percent,” he added.
He further explained that the shorter list of prohibited and restricted goods would accelerate import activities because it would improve the pre-custom clearance of goods that currently caused long dwell times. (rdi/bbn)
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