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Wood businesses ask govt for help to secure raw materials

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, March 26 2011   /  10:00 am

Wood-based industrial associations have called on the government to take a number of measures to ensure sufficient supply for the domestic industry and increase the competitiveness of wood products.

Indonesian Rattan Furniture and Craft Association (AMKRI) chairman Hatta Sinatra said on Friday that the government should ban exports of natural rattan to help the rattan furniture industry survive.

“The government should revoke a 2009 ministerial regulation on rattan export terms and conditions to secure raw materials for the industry,” he said after a meeting among various wood industry stakeholders at the Industry Ministry.

The regulation, implemented in Aug. 11, 2009, allows the annual export of 35,000 tons of washed and sulphurized rattan with a diameter of 4 to 16 millimeters.

Exports of semi-finished rattan, from sega, irit and other types, can be so...