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Jakarta Post

Govt to finish simplifying import process soon

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, January 12 2018   /  12:30 am

The government is seeking to finish trimming the list of prohibited and restricted imported goods soon, in a move to cut dwell time and speed up customs clearance at the country’s major import gates. The current administration aims to slash the long list of the goods, locally known as lartas, such as rice, sugar and meat, to only 20.8 percent of the total 10,826 goods classified under Harmonized System Code in the Customs Tariff Book (BTKI) from 48.3 percent currently. The process to shorten the list is 80 percent complete, with only two ministries, namely the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry and the Agriculture Ministry left to expedite the goods under their authority, said Coordinating Economic Minister Darmin Nasution. The listed imported goods are subject to checks by the customs authority at the customs entry points, namely airports and seaports. Importers must also seek perm...