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Import licensing requirement
On 30 July 2015, the Indonesian Ministry of Trade announced regulation 53/M-DAG/PER/7/2015 introducing new import restrictions for textiles produced using the batik-technique.
With the new provisions, all importers of the good must apply for a special permit ("TPT Batik" and "TPT Motif Batik"). The regulation also restricts the points of entry to just three sea ports and one airport (art. 13 of the regulation).
Furthermore, batik imports will require a report from an independent surveyor on the origin of the batik.
According to a press release by the Ministry, the regulation was necessary given "the recent invasion of batik imports" so that "batik becomes the host/master in its own country" (own translation).
The regulation shall come into effect 90 days after its announcement, i.e. on 25 October 2015.
Due to the unavailability of trade volumes for 2014, the list of affected trading partners has been based on 2013 data. Furthermore, given the specificity of the products at hand, the partners were assessed using 6-digit level tariff lines specified in the annex of the regulation.
On 15 October 2015, the Indonesian Trade Ministry issued regulation 86/M-DAG/PER/10/2015 cancelling the introduction of the batik import permit before the import restriction came into force. Hence, the measure at hand is classified as not implemented and does not include an inception date.
The rewinding of the initial regulation is part of a stimulus package introduced by the Indonesian president in September 2015 (cf. Related Measure).
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