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For advocating the problems regarding iron and steel import, EuroCham met Mr. I Gusti Putu Suryawirawan (Director General of Metal, Machinery, Transportation Equipment and Electronics Industries). Held on 24 August 2017 at Ministry of Industry Office, the meeting aimed to request acceleration of import process of iron or steel, alloy steel, and its derivatives conducted by EuroCham members. This effort was made due to delayed shipments or incoming shipments stuck at warehouses at the ports and airports.
During the meeting it is clarified that Ministry of Industry already made a commitment with the Ministry of Trade that companies from outside the targeted industries should be allowed to import iron and steel products up to 1 (one) ton without additional import licenses from the Ministry of Industry. EuroCham requested that this policy can be implemented immediately. In addition, EuroCham requests the Ministry of Industry to provide a clearer definition between the terms "port of loading" and "country of origin” to avoid multiple interpretation.
After this meeting, EuroCham received the Minister of Trade Regulation No. 63/M-DAG/PER/8/2017, which amends Regulation No. 82/M-DAG/PER/12/2016. In this latest revision, the government made several changes including: exemption for import less than 1 (one) metric ton, exemption for import using air freight valued up to USD 1,500 FOB, and elimination of requirement to secure "import explanation" (penjelasan impor) from Ministry of Trade.
EuroCham is invited to attend the Focus Group Discussion with the theme: Fair and Sustainable Dairy Partnership Scheme. Organized at Aryaduta Hotel on 23 August 2017, the event was held by the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs (CMEA) and invited representatives from Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) and Ministry of Industry (MoI). Ms. Fini Murfiani, Director of Marketing from the Directorate General of Processing and Marketing of Agricultural Product, MoA and Ms. Riris, Head of Sub Directorate of Milk Industry, MoI.
The FGD served as socialization forum for Minister of Agriculture No. 26/2017 on Supply and Distribution of Milk. Ms. Fini explained that MoA is drafting the implementing regulation, which will be issued likely on 2018 due to the current development of the implementing guidelines and the readiness of the partnership scheme. The MoA did not want to inform the status of the regulation itself, whether it is on the discussion process or harmonization process.
Ms. Riris, representative from MoI, explained that her Ministry is focusing to guarantee the needs for Indonesia milk industries; and to create trade climate that is conducive. Both ministries agreed that local milk is not sufficient to fulfill the industry needs. Therefore, they hoped with this new regulation will increase the local milk quantity and its quality to be able to use by the milk industries.