Makassar customs authorities remain vigilant of imported Chinese goods

Makassar customs authorities remain vigilant of imported Chinese goods

Chief of the Customs and Excise Section of the Makassar Customs and Excise Supervision and Service Office Nasrudin. (ANTARA/Darwin Fatir).

We continue to coordinate with all parties, as we know, post offices and customs and quarantine units. When it comes to live animals, and seeds, we continue to coordinate with our colleagues employed at quarantine units.
Makassar, S Sulawesi (ANTARA) - Customs authorities in the South Sulawesi provincial capital of Makassar have maintained close and constant vigil over the imports of goods from China on account of the coronavirus outbreak.

"We continue to coordinate with all parties, as we know, the post offices and customs and quarantine units. When it comes to live animals and seeds, we continue to coordinate with our colleagues employed in quarantine units," Chief of the Customs and Excise Section of the Makassar Customs and Excise Supervision and Service Office Nasrudin stated on Thursday.

The customs office has also maintained close watch on parcels from China as a precautionary measure against untoward incidents, he revealed.

"We rely on X-rays only. All imported goods, in the form of parcels, are subject to X-ray inspection. Thereafter, if they carry low risks, we will take a decision based on the green lane. If they have high risk, we will conduct a physical inspection on them," he stated.

He further denied an allegation that China-made cellular phones carry the virus. However, only two cellular phones in each parcel can be imported.

"The customs authorities only limit two cellular phones that can be imported in accordance with the rules. If they are priced at more than US$3, we will impose an import duty and sales tax on them in accordance with the finance minister's regulation number 199/PMK.010/2019 on excise and tax on imported parcels," he added.

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