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13 January 2010
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Asean-China FTA: Indonesia to monitor possible rise of imports

Indonesian Industry Minister MS Hidayat plans to visit Tanjung Priok seaport on Thursday to alert customs authorities to a possible surge in imports following the coming into force of the Asean-China Free Trade Agreement (ACFTA), the Jakarta Post reported.

"Next Thursday (Jan 14) I will go to the customs office at Tanjung Priok port to discuss the activation of safeguards against the possible invasion by imported goods that can happen any time," Hidayat said Tuesday.

He said Indonesia could devise a mechanism to examine imported goods based on its own regulations such as those on the Indonesian National Standard (SNI) and Certificate of Origin (SKA).

Hidayat said the best possible protection was renegotiating priority tariff entries which covered 9 sectors including steel, textiles, footwear, and electronics.

Hidayat also estimated that the imported goods invasion which would mostly come from China would occur in March and beyond.

"There is still time, so I`m going to Tanjung Priok port on Thursday. I will be proactive in preparing the safeguard because it will be the means to protect our industrial goods," he said.


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