Indonesian ports closed to imports

17 Feb, 2012 04:45 AM
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"A matter of real concern" ... Indonesia plans to restrict fresh fruit and vegetable imports to just four of its ports. Photo: Mal Fairclough

INDONESIA'S plan to restrict access to just four of its ports for fresh fruit and vegetable imports is a ''matter of real concern'', a Senate hearing has heard.

Indonesia announced in December it was closing many of its ports over quarantine concerns, rationalising access from 14 ports to four with the restrictions to begin next month.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Trade Minister, Craig Emerson, are lobbying the Indonesian government hard to minimise the impact.

The Senate hearing heard from the senior department official Rod Smith that the closure of Tanjung Priok was the most worrying because most Australian exports arrived at the Jakarta port.

Horticulture exports to Indonesia are valued at at least $40 million a year and include citrus, apples and vegetables.

The Liberal senator Richard Colbeck said Australian exporters were unsure whether to put their produce on ships.

Mr Emerson said the government was deeply concerned about the plan and that representatives had raised the issue many times.

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Jen from the bush
18/02/2012 6:54:32 AM

Is this another form of payback for gov stupidity? We are already paying - they aren't getting the people who caused it.
Ian Mott
20/02/2012 9:06:37 AM

Where was Emerson when Ludwig was grovelling to to the barbi-worlders? And geewiz, he's concerned about the blowback. Indonesia is trying to quarantine itself from the adverse impacts of doing business with countries governed by incompetent boofheads. And can anyone blame them?

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