Indonesian President Orders Import Tightening

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has directed his staff to tighten restrictions on various imported goods, responding to complaints from associations and the public regarding the influx of imported products affecting domestic markets.

Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, Airlangga Hartarto, stated that this directive will primarily focus on specific commodities, including children's toys, electronics, footwear, cosmetics, textiles, traditional medicines, health supplements, apparel, apparel accessories, and bags.

The flood of imports not only disrupts domestic market shares but can also lead to illegal imports and potential job layoffs, particularly in the textile industry sector. To address this, regulations and import controls will be revised to better monitor and manage the inflow of certain products, and general importers will face stricter supervision, shifting from post-border to border control. This initiative aims to safeguard domestic industries, enhance market stability, and reduce unauthorized imports.