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Jakarta Post

Direct shipping service expected to boost bilateral trade with Brunei

  • Riza Roidila Mufti

    The Jakarta Post

Brunei Darussalam   /   Tue, January 21, 2020   /  05:17 pm
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A minimarket in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam's capital city, sells many imported products from mostly Asian countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. (JP/Riza Roidila Mufti.)

Strolling around the alleys of minimarkets or supermarkets in Brunei Darussalam, it feels like shopping in Indonesia. Goods similar to those found in Indonesian convenience stores can be easily found. Indonesian products stand out along with Malaysian products, among other imported goods from ASEAN countries such as Singapore and Thailand.  However, despite the many Indonesian products that can be found in Brunei, statistics show that Brunei imports less from Indonesia than from other countries such as Malaysia and Singapore, Indonesian Ambassador to Brunei Sujatmiko said. The lack of a direct shipping line from Indonesia to Brunei is said to be one of the reasons. “Based on our observations, we found out that nearly 99 percent of goods from Indonesia to Brunei are shipped through Singapore and Malaysia because there is no direct shipping from Indonesia,” Suj...