Horticulture importers protest plan to shutdown Tj. Priok Port

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 09:06

Importers of horticulture products protested the government’s plan to stop fruit and vegetable import via the country’s main Tanjung Priok Port.

Under the Ministry of Agriculture regulation, which will become effective March 19, 2012, the entry point for imported fruits and vegetables would be diverted to Tanjung Perak Port in Surabaya, East Java.

Yusuf Taufik, Operational Manager of PT Lika Dayatama, which imports about 30,000 tons of garlic annually from China and Taiwan, was quoted by Kontan on Friday as saying that the planned new policy would increase the cost of importing garlic by 30-50 percent, which eventually would have to be shouldered by consumers.

Other horticulture product importers such as PT Putra Mandiri and PT Arif Rahman Persada also protested the new policy.  The East Java province administration has also opposed plan to divert horticulture import entry point from Jakarta to Surabaya. 

Under the new policy, imported horticulture products would only be allowed to enter the country via four entry points including the Tanjung Perak Port, Makassar Port, Belawan Port, and the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.

Meanwhile, Arifin Tasrif, Head of the Quarantine Center at the Ministry of Agriculture, said that the government is currently reviewing the plan to stop horticulture import via Tanjung Priok. (rei)

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