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Jakarta Post

Great wall of trade barriers planned

  • Linda Yulisman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, December 7 2011   /  08:06 am

Following concerns of a surging influx of overseas products that may further hurt local businesses amid the escalating global economic slump, the government plans to expand trade barriers to limit unnecessary imports.

Trade Minister Gita Wirjawan said on Tuesday the measures would include mostly non-tarriff barriers such as an expanded quarantine policy and mandatory use of the Indonesian National Standards (SNI) system.

“We are preparing for the policy and hopefully we can issue them sooner rather than later,” Gita said on the sidelines of the CEO Forum hosted by the Indonesian Publicly Listed Companies Association.

Among the measures, Gita said, was requiring all agricultural imports be loaded at designated ports equipped with stricter quarantine centers.

“There’ll be two or three ports available for such imports. The ports must be backed by strong...