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RI to monitor fish exports, ease China's concerns

  • Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Thu, December 3 2020   /  01:00 am
Final products: A villager packages salted fish before they are ready to be exported. JP/Donny Fernando (JP/Donny Fernando)

The government is planning to monitor its fish exports to China more strictly after Indonesia’s largest trading partner imposed a series of import suspensions over concerns about coronavirus contamination. As of November, three Indonesian fish exporters – from North Sumatra, East Java and Banten – had faced import suspensions from the Chinese customs authority after it allegedly discovered the novel coronavirus in samples of their products, according to the Indonesian Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry.

Trade Ministry spokesperson Fithra Faisal said on Monday that the government would step up its efforts to detect the coronavirus in fish exports bound for China and would possibly expand such measures to exports to other countries. “It will be in line with the procedure – but tighter,” Fithra told The Jakarta Post on Monda...