Govt delays policy to tighten horticulture import

Wed, 03/07/2012 - 09:00

The Ministry of Agriculture has decided to delay the implementation of the planned policy to tighten the import procedure of horticultural products for three months following protest from the US and importers.

Minister of Agriculture Suswono said late on Tuesday that the delay was made to allow related stakeholders and the country’s trading partners to make the “necessary preparations.”

The policy was supposed to become effective March 19, 2012, but it has now been delayed to June 19, 2012.

As part of the policy, the government will cut down the entry points for imported horticultural products from eight ports to four.  The most controversial was the decision to no longer allow horticulture import to enter via the country’s main Tanjung Priok Port. 

Suswono has said that Tanjung Priok Port has been overcrowded  and is no longer to be able to properly process import of horticultural products.

The four main entry points for horticultural products now include the Tanjung Perak Port in East Java, Belawan Port in North Sumatra, Makassar Port in South Sulawesi, and the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Banten, Tangerang. (Firman)



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