At risk of being rotten, 400 containers of imported fruits worth Rp30B held up at the port

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Ombudsman RI
Ombudsman RI held a press conference on allegation of maladministration in the handling of Indonesia’s FMD outbreak. (Source: Ombudsman)

Jakarta, IO – As many as 400 containers of imported fruit products are at risk of being rotten because they are stuck at the port. According to Indonesian Ombudsman member Yeka Hendra Fatika there are 1.4 million kilograms of imported horticultural products that had been held up since last week at Tanjung Priok, Tanjung Perak and Belawan ports.

The suspended imported horticultural products include grapes, lemons, longans, oranges and dried chilies. Yeka said the products worth a total of Rp30 billion. The cause was presumably unaligned regulations between two ministries which resulted in losses on the part of importers.

“The goods that are held up are all legal. It’s just that their documents are incomplete, there is no import recommendations for horticulture products (RIPH). The Ombudsman is of the view that it isn’t entirely the importers’ fault,” he said.