Toll Fee for Fruit Imports
The agriculture ministry’s import quotas and trade ministry’s import permits for horticultural products were issued late. The delay caused fruit imports to miss the harvest season, resulting in scarcity and high prices. Tempo and The Australian Financial Review’s investigation found that the delay was not only caused by administrative reasons but was also due to illegal fees, with rates ranging from Rp1,000 to Rp2,000 per kilogram. This year, Indonesia plans to import over 1 million tons in commodities.
A mid a scarcity of imported fruits and garlic due to the spread of Covid-19 in exporting countries, Indonesia’s horticultural commodity importers were surprised by an email by the Australian Table Grape Association Executive Chairman, Jeff Scott. The email, dated March 10, expressed displeasure in the agriculture ministry’s import recommendations for horticultural products (RIPH).
Scott informed that four days prior, he had heard n...