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Steel producers against imports liberalization

  • Vincent Lingga

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, October 2, 2017   /  10:32 am
Steel producers against imports liberalization An employee finishes production of steel pipes at the Krakatau Steel plant in Cilegon, Banten, in this file photo. (JP/-)

Domestic basic steel producers have raised concerns over the government’s plan to further liberalize steel imports as part of a concerted program to improve Indonesia’s position in the World Bank’s annual The Ease of Doing Business Index which now ranks Indonesia 91st out of about 185 countries.

“Even now with import restrictions still in place, imports already control about 55 to 60 percent of our annual steel consumption of around 12 million tons, while our own steel industry operates only at 40 percent of its capacity,” says Hidayat Triseputro, the executive director of the Indonesian Iron and Steel Industry Association.

Data at the trade ministry show Indonesia is now the world’s third biggest net importer of steel and steel trade deficit last year exceeded US$6 billion, the second largest after the oil and gas trade d...