Ministry: Limiting Electronic Imports Supports Domestic Businesses

Indonesia’s Ministry of Industry hopes that new regulations on the import trade in electronic products can create opportunities for domestic manufacturers, according to reporting from Tempo.

“We hope that domestic manufacturers can capitalize on the demand for electronic products, which will increase their capacity and diversify their product types,” said Priyadi Arie Nugroho, Director of Electronics and Telematics Industry at the Ministry of Industry, in a statement quoted on Wednesday (10/4/24.)

The Ministry of Industry also hopes for the opening of opportunities for cooperation between Electronic Manufacturing Services (EMS) or Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) with international brand holders who do not yet have production lines in the country, reports Tempo.

“For importers, there is certainty in the distribution and/or sale of imported goods domestically,” Priyadi said.

According to Tempo, the Ministry of Industry had restricted the import of electronic products through Regulation No. 6 of 2024 concerning Procedures for Issuing Technical Considerations for Importing Electronic Products. This regulation applies to products such as laptops, washing machines, refrigerators, and televisions.

Priyadi referred to SIINas data for the year 2023, where the production capacity of air conditioners was 2.7 million units while the actual production number was about 1.2 million units. This means that production only managed to reach 43 percent of its actual capacity.

“Meanwhile, it is regrettable that, based on Surveyor Report data, the import of air conditioner products in 2023 reached 3.8 million units.”

Therefore, the Ministry of Industry hoped that the newly issued import regulations could increase the utilization of domestic air conditioner production. According to Priyadi, this regulation has been well-received by domestic electronics manufacturers, say Tempo.

“This is evidenced by several official letters received by the government from domestic manufacturer associations expressing their support,” he said.

 

Source: Tempo

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