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Jakarta Post

Government mulls introducing more measures to curb imports

  • Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman


Jakarta   /   Sat, August 1 2020   /  01:00 am
Time to dwell: A vessel anchors at Tanjung Priok container terminal in North Jakarta in November 2019. Based on a recent trade ministerial decree amendment, the cabotage policy which has been in place since 2009 now applies to ships with a capacity of 15,000 deadweight tonnage. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

The government is planning to impose several measures to reduce imports in the short and medium term and strengthen the local manufacturing industry. The planned measures included imposing restrictions, raising tariffs, adding new trade remedies and implementing more technical barriers, Industry Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita said Tuesday. He proposed, for instance, to impose restrictions in the form of an import license requirement and minimum import price and quota application on 28 commodities. However, he stopped short of naming the commodities. “It is way too easy for foreign products to enter Indonesia,” Agus said in a virtual discussion held by news outlet Bisnis Indonesia. Read also: Indonesia books $1.27b trade surplus in June as economic activity resumes The plan emerged as President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration gears u...