From Bharat Textile

Smuggled textiles dominating in Jakarta’s retail market

JAKARTA: Smuggled textiles and garments are dominating in Jakarta’s Tanah Abang and Mangga Dua retail market; sources said here on October 10.

Illegally imported textiles and garments have been flooding the retail markets either through airports or seaports over the past three years.

30 percent have entered the country illegally out of 80 percent of textiles on sales in Tanah Abang retail market.

About 40 percent of garments and 60 percent of textiles on sales consist smuggled goods in the Mangga Dua retail market.

Textiles entering the country through airports usually get away with a nominal charge of import duty of Rp70 thousand per kg whereas textiles that entered the country through seaports, usually unloaded at sea and reloaded on small boats, carry them to various cities such as Surabaya, Dumai, Jambi and Pangkal Pinang.

Smuggled textiles came from China, South Korea, India and Thiland and as a result, textiles and garments produced at home face difficulties to compete in the local market.

Government must make stringent action even to control illegal textiles and garments imported, intended for re-export.
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