Legislators push for zero tariffs on fisheries exports
Member of House Commission IV on Agriculture and Fisheries Muhammad Dhevy Bijak in a Working Meeting with Officials of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries at the Parliament Complex, Jakarta, Wednesday (25/2/2022). Photo: Arief/mr
Member of House Commission IV on agriculture and fisheries, Muhammad Dhevy Bijak, has pushed for zero tariffs on Indonesian fishery exports to other countries. According to Bijak, so far only a few European countries become members of the EFTA (European – Free Trade Association); Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland. These countries have agreed to reduce import tariffs (trade in goods) by zero percent as of November 2021.
“However, the import duty rate for our fishery products in most European countries is still set at 15 percent. So, it's hard for our fishery products to have a competitive edge. Meanwhile, fishery exports from neighboring countries like the Philippines and Vietnam are not subjected to export tariffs in all European countries," he said at a Working Meeting with officials of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (KKP) at Nusantara Building, Parliament Complex, Wednesday (25/2/ 2022).
Thus, the Democrat Party politician asked for clarification from the Ministry in regards to concrete steps that have been taken in international trade agreements. "This is to ensure a waiver for duty on several Indonesian fishery product markets," he added.
Previously, the Ministry's Director General for Promoting Competitiveness of Marine and Fishery Products (PDSKP), Artati Widiarti, raised the notion for reducing import duty rates for Indonesian fishery products overseas. In Japan, for instance, Indonesia is set to enjoy gradual tariff exemptions to 0 percent for Tilapia, Catfish, Cobia, Crabs and Swimming Crabs, Mussels, Snails, and Fillets. Meanwhile, Processed Tuna will be reduced gradually from 9.6 to 4.7 percent.
In South Korea, Indonesia is also looking at a gradual tariff exemptions (0 percent) for products such as Swordfish, Tuna, Mackerel, Anchovies, Shrimp, and Fillet. According to Widiarti, "In China, Australia and New Zealand, Indonesia will be exempted from import duties for its fishery products," as quoted from the Ministry website, Sunday (29/5/2022). (rdn/sf/agl)