ANNOUNCEMENT 22 Jul 2015In July 2015, the government of Indonesia announced an alteration to its export prohibitions.
NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS
Statement by the Agriculture Ministry (in Bahasa Indonesia)
Ministry of Trade regulation 20/M-DAG/PER/3/2016 (in Bahasa Indonesia)
Secondary Sources (in English)
On 22 July 2015, in a bid to achieve self-sufficiency, the Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture stopped issuing licenses for corn imports. The import ban shall also hold for those companies which at the time already possessed an import license.
Hence, in the future only the state procurement agency Bulog will be able to import corn. The entity usually conducts imports when the government decides there is a food shortage in the market.
On 16 December 2015, the head of the procurement agency announced Bulog will import 600'000 tonnes of corn in the first quarter of 2016.
On 24 March 2016, the Indonesian Ministry of Trade published regulation 20/M-DAG/PER/3/2016 on the importation of corn. The regulation does allow imports of corn but only within prescribed months and as long as the domestic demand is not fulfilled by local production.
Furthermore, article 4 of the regulation stipulates that the imports of corn for fodder may only be conducted by Bulog. Hence, the initial discrimination is not fully repealed and the measure continues to be classified as active.