Gov’t to Finalize Import Restriction Policy

By Office of Assistant to Deputy Cabinet Secretary for State Documents & Translation     Date 4 September 2018
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Minister of Industry Airlangga Hartarto.

Minister of Industry Airlangga Hartarto.

In a bid to respond to the developing economic condition, the Indonesian Government announced it will soon finalize import restriction policy on hundreds of goods or raw materials.

“The finalization is tomorrow. It can be more than 900 products or less,” Minister of Industry Airlangga Hartarto said after attending a meeting with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and a number of ministers at the Presidential Palace, Jakarta, Tuesday (4/9).

The Minister maintained that the Government is also reviewing the ability of local industries to substitute the restricted materials because it takes several years to make a factory in the country. Therefore, it is really necessary to sort and choose the product type including raw materials, intermediate goods, or downstream goods that will be restricted in imports, he said.

“The industry must buy if the ingredients are available in the country,” Airlangga said.

However, Airlangga indicated there would be no sanctions for industries that have not used local materials yet.

“We will not impose sanctions at the moment. In investment, we encourage incentives,” he said.

Minister of Finance Sri Mulyani Indrawati previously said Regulation of Minister of Finance  on restriction of imported goods would be announced on Wednesday (5/9) or Thursday (6/9) this week. (ANT/ES) (GWH/EP/Naster)

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