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Nontariff barriers disadvantage poor people

  • Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Wed, July 8 2020   /  01:00 am
Batam Customs Office officers check a container at the Batu Ampar Container Port, Batam, Riau Islands. (JP/Fadli)

Indonesia’s nontariff barriers on food imports may limit the accessibility and affordability of nutritious foods, which have become increasingly important for poor communities amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a think tank has said. Indonesia has 433 nontariff measures related to food imports, which include quantitative restriction or quota, sanitary standards and inspection before shipment in the exporting country, according to data compiled by the Center for Indonesian Policy Studies (CIPS). Beef imports, for example, need 11 administrative requirements and four technical requirements just to get a recommendation from the Agriculture Ministry, the first of six steps in a long process. “With this, now our beef prices are significantly higher than international prices, which makes it harder for people, especially those with lower incomes, to afford beef,” CIPS head o...