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RI, OZ negotiate exchange of zero tariffs for three products

  • Stefani Ribka
    Stefani Ribka

    The Jakarta Post

Tangerang, Banten | Fri, October 13, 2017 | 12:40 pm
RI, OZ negotiate exchange of zero tariffs for three products Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto (left) and Australian Ambassador to Indonesia Paul Grigson meet at the minister’s office in Jakarta on Oct. 11. The two discussed various issues during their meeting, including zero tariff rates for some of the countries’ strategic products. (Courtesy of/the Industry Ministry)

Indonesia and Australia are negotiating to exchange zero import tariffs for three products from each country.

Australia has asked Indonesia to remove import tariffs for skim milk and skim milk powder; copper cathode and hot rolled coil (HRC) and cold rolled coil (CRC) steel, while Indonesia has asked Australia to lift import tariffs on Indonesian textiles, clothing and footwear.

The Indonesian government would calculate the request comprehensively to seek a win-win agreement, the Industry Ministry's industrial resilience and international access director general Harjanto said in a statement.

As an example, Indonesia might ask Australia to also invest in Indonesia in return for the user specific duty free scheme (USDFS) or zero tariffs from Indonesia for its products in addition to the removal of import tariffs for the three Indonesian products, the official said.

Read also: RI, Oz aim to settle crucial points in CEPA 9th round

“They can export raw materials but they should also invest here so there’s a technology transfer. We can then also export the end products [we make from Australian raw materials],” he said in the statement issued on Thursday. (bbn)

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