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Garlic, onion import licenses temporarily removed to stabilize soaring prices

  • Made Anthony Iswara

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, March 19, 2020   /  01:17 pm
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A worker inspects garlic stock in a warehouse belonging to the State Logistics Agency (Bulog) in North Jakarta.(JP/Stefani Ribka)

The government has temporarily removed licensing requirements for imports of garlic and bawang Bombay (brown onion) to increase supply and suppress the soaring prices of the two commodities amid a shortage of supply in the domestic market. Trade Minister Agus Suparmanto said that importers would no longer need import permit letters (SPI) from the Trade Ministry and import recommendations for horticulture products (RIPH) from the Agriculture Ministry. The new policy will be effective from March 19 until May 31. With the new policy, Agus expected new garlic and onion imports to enter Indonesia within one to two weeks. "This [decision] aims to relax import policies like RIPH and other [permits] that take a long time to process. Given the current situation, we are simplifying import processes, particularly for commodities with unstable prices," Agus said in a tel...