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Import rules tightened on sought-aft er bicycles, shoes

  • Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Wed, September 9 2020   /  01:00 am
Cyclists unite!: Thousands of Jakartans on bicycles pack the city’s thoroughfares from Senayan in South Jakarta to Thamrin in Central Jakarta on Sunday. People took to the streets to exercise and look for entertainment as the government has begun to phase out large-scale social restrictions.(JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

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...