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Indonesia Raises Non-Tariff Barrier to Protect Local Batik Against Imports

Jakarta. The Trade Ministry issued on Thursday a regulation requiring all importers who bring in batik-patterned fabrics to register with the ministry and secure a special permit to import the textile.

Domestic producers have long complained of a shrinking market share as cheaper fabrics from Malaysia and China flood in thanks to a free-trade agreement that has slashed import duties on the product. Meanwhile, red tape, poor infrastructure, rising wages and a weakening rupiah continue to push up local companies’ costs, driving up their prices.

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