Indonesia is officially applying import tariffs on tiles and ceramics coming from Vietnam and India.
The policy is set to come into force on September 1 with the aim to protect local industries.
The Indonesian Head of the Fiscal Policy of the Finance Ministry, Febrio Kacaribu, noted that the government remains fully committed to supporting domestic industries, particularly sectors such as tiles and ceramics, in order to develop and make them capable of competing with imported products.
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According to Jakarta Globe, tile importers would be liable to pay a 23% safeguard measures import duty for a period of next twelve months, with the duty dropping to 21% and 19% over the second and third years, respectively.
During a press conference held on August 28, the minister said that the changes are being done with the aim of protecting local Indonesian industries following a surge of shipments containing the products from the two nations.
The statistics released by the Indonesia’s Finance Ministry reveals a rise of 6.58% and 22.72% during 2018 to 2019 period in shipments of tiles and ceramics from Vietnam and India, respectively. This data allows Indonesia to impose such import duties, based on the World Trade Organization Agreement on Safeguards' article 9.1, as to the market shares of these items in Indonesia exceeding the 3% threshold.
It is thought that the move will help Indonesian industries to cater the demand for domestic ceramic products while developing the national industry thereby contributing to their economic growth.
Information courtesy: english.vov.vn
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