Ministry urges steel producers to cut imports of raw materials

Ministry urges steel producers to cut imports of raw materials

Secretary general of the Industry Ministry, Achmad Sigit Dwiwahjono (center), flanked by director general of metal, machinery, transportation equipment, and electronic industries, Taufiek Bawazier (right), and president director of  PT Sunrise Steel, Henry Setiawan (left), at the launch of the production line of PT Sunrise Steel in Mojokerto, East Java, on Wednesday (November 25, 2020). (ANTARA/HO- Biro Humas Kementerian Perindustrian)

If we look at the structure of our imports, metal imports account for more than 35 percent of total imports, or US$125 billion per year. Therefore, we hope steel producers to make more progress.
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Industry Ministry has urged national steel producers to continue to innovate and increase production capacity to reduce their dependence on imported raw materials.

 

“If we look at the structure of our imports, metal imports account for more than 35 percent of total imports, or US$125 billion per year. Therefore, we hope steel producers to make more progress,” secretary general of the Industry Ministry, Achmad Sigit Dwiwahjono, said in a written statement released here on Thursday.

 

On its part, the government is also making efforts to protect national steel products from the onslaught of imported steel and make national steel products "primadona" in the domestic market, he added.

 

The efforts include safeguards and anti-dumping policies, Dwiwahjono said, adding that another instrument is improving product certification institutes to issue Indonesian National Standard (SNI) compulsory SNI application.

 

The next step is adjusting steel import procedures through the National Steel Information System (Sibanas), incorporated to the National Industrial Information System (SIINAS), he noted.

 

"The efforts serve as the government's guarantee that national products will dominate the domestic market. Hence, industries need not worry about (the market for their products),” he said.

 

To increase demand for national products in the domestic market, the government has also launched a Domestic Product Improvement Program (P3DN), he added.

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