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On 27 January 2016, the Indonesian Coordinating Minister for the Economy announced the ninth stimulus package - thus continuing a set of packages announced since September 2015 (cf. Related Measures).
Increased cattle import quotas
In the statement, the Minister announced Indonesia would increase its import quotas for the year 2016. He mentioned that in the previous year the country had imported 439'530 tons of cattle but would require an additional 235'160 tons annually to meet the domestic demand and stabilise beef prices in Indonesia.
Responding to the announcement, a deputy chairman at the Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) in charge for strategic food affairs said to the media that he expects Indonesia to stop overrelying on cattle imports from Australia and New Zealand (cf. Related Measures) and instead open up to new imports from Uruguay and Brazil.
Lifted discrimination against private postal services
During the press conference, the Minister also announced it would scrap the Ministry of Communications and Information amendment 9/2015 to its regulation 32/2014, which required commercial postal services to provide higher tariffs than the "universal postal services controlled by government" (own translation). This will allow private postal service companies in Indonesia to better compete with the state-controlled Pos Indonesia and to facilitate e-commerce in the country.
Simplified trade procedures
The Minister also vowed to standardise port service payments and synchronise the National Single Window system (cf. Related Measures) with port, ship and cargo permits - allowing importers and exporters to also track online the movement and certification procedures of their goods.
Transportation service paid only in Rupiah
Lastly, future payments for transportation services will only be allowed in the Indonesian Rupiah.
On 13 September 2016, the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs announced that it would import 700'000 cattle in 2017. As this does not represent a significant change to the previous numbers (cf. above), this part of the measure continues to be classified as active.
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