PalmOilMagazine, JAKARTA – Minister of Trade Indonesian Republic, Muhammad Lutfi told that the bilateral trade between Indonesia and India keeps running though India is in lockdown status for the increasing Covid-19 cases. Crude palm oil (CPO) exports to India kept running as usual.
“In general, there was no issue to export - import activity in both countries. We did health protocols tightly to prevent the foreigners into our country, including India. This did not bother the uploading products,” he said, as in the official statement to PalmOilMagazine.
General Director of Foreign Trade Ministry of Trade, Didi Sumedi said that some time ago, there was issue of ship quarantine in Dumai port, Riau Province which serves shipping, liquid, and containers. Knowing this, General Directorate of Disease Prevention and Control Ministry of Health Indonesian Republic assured that the quarantine process in the port should only be done for the ship crews but not to the ships and products.
“Port of Dumai is one biggest liquid terminal in Indonesia. In Covid-19 pandemic, Dumai is the most intense public port to ship CPO and its derivative products in Indonesia. The exports to India were mostly in liquid which should be distributed through pipe. So it involved less people,” Didi said.
The main exports from Indonesia to India are coal, CPO, tin, rubber, and oleo-chemical fertilizers. The main imports to Indonesia from India are frozen buffalo meat, bean, hydrocarbon, steel products, sugar, and cyclic. (T2)