The Jakarta Post
The Trade Ministry has destroyed seven containers of apples and oranges worth Rp 7 billion (US$508,440) that were illegally imported from China.
Ministry commerce supervision director Veri Anggrijono said the fruits entered Indonesia about two weeks ago through Belawan Port and Kualanamu International Airport, both in North Sumatra.
“We destroyed the horticultural commodities because they entered Indonesia without any import documents,” Veri said on Wednesday in Binjai, North Sumatra, as quoted by Antara.
He added that the illicit import of foreign products violated Trade Minister Regulation No. 16/2018.
The ministry also revoked the import license of PT SAT for illegally importing the fruits.
Veri said that the importer could not show any legal documentation when it attempted to claim the imported fruits.
“We will punish any importers that do not abide by regulations,” said Veri, saying that it was part of the government’s efforts to protect both consumers and local commodities. (bbn)