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Ex-trade minister blasts current minister's import policy

Former trade minister Rachmat Gobel has blasted current Trade Minister Thomas Lembong’s plan to simplify the process of obtaining import permits, saying the policy might endanger local industry.

The government plans to revise Ministerial Regulation No. 87/2015 on requirements for imported goods to simplify imports as a part of its latest economic package.

Rachmat said Indonesian businesspeople were worried that the revision would give wider opportunity for importers to buy more goods, without concern of the domestic supply side balance.

Some importers, he said, did not have clear addresses, which in turn made it difficult for the government to determine which importers should be held responsible for problems surrounding imported goods.  

"They think the regulation will make it easier for importers to import more goods, while their business entities are mostly unclear. Today they exist, tomorrow they’re gone. If something happens with the imported goods, or the market, who will be responsible?” said Gobel as quoted by on Saturday.

Rachmat said the government should tighten import requirements to boost the local manufacturing industry, instead of easing them. He predicted that the country would be filled with imported goods after the regulation was revised.

Ten months into serving as trade minister, Rachmat was replaced by Thomas in a reshuffle.

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