Prospects for exports to Indonesia remain promising this year after fellow ASEAN member Thailand temporarily lifted the import licence requirement for garlic and brown onions until May and moved to lower import tariffs on 749 products such as soybeans, food, textiles, corn, shoes and ceramics.
Indonesia lifted the import licence requirement for garlic and brown onions on March 19 to counter a domestic shortage. The period runs until May 31 this year, said Auramon Supthaweethum, director-general of the Trade Negotiations Department.
Mrs Auramon said Indonesia is also abolishing the import quota and tariff on sugar from Thailand, Australia and India, while the department has been asking the Indonesian government to consider implementing the Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) on food safety for fruit between the two countries.
The MRA will help reduce the inspection time and processing for longan and durian, particularly during the fruit harvesting season, she said.