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Govt tightens imports of sought-after bicycles, shoes during pandemic

  • Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, September 9, 2020   /  08:30 am
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Jakartans ride bicycles on Jl. MH Thamrin in Central Jakarta on June 30.(Antara/Nova Wahyudi)

The government has tightened import rules on consumer goods that are in high demand during the pandemic, while experts warn about the readiness of local manufacturers to provide sufficient supply. Newly issued Trade Ministerial Regulation 68/2020, which took effect on Aug. 28, requires businesses to obtain import approval (PI) for the imports of bicycles, footwear and ACs. As there was no previous trade regulation on bicycles import, importers of footwear and AC only had to provide a surveyor’s report (LS). The monitoring mechanism will now take place within the customs area or post-border. There are also specific points of entry allowed to import the goods for land, air and sea transport, including Tanjung Priok Port in North Jakarta and Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten. The new rule came as the demand for bicycles surged during the pandemic, a...