Bogor (ANTARA) - Trade Minister Zulkifli Hasan and officials from his ministry's Directorate General of Consumer Protection and Trade Order destroyed illegal imported goods valued at a total of Rp9.3 billion (US$585 thousand) on Thursday.

Hasan remarked that the destroyed goods were seized by the Center for Trade Order of Bekasi during the January-February 2024 period due to non-compliance with applicable regulations in Indonesia.

"The total (value) reaches Rp9.3 billion," he noted at the Citeureup warehouse area, Bogor District, West Java Province.

The minister highlighted that the goods were destroyed in an effort to protect consumers from products that do not comply with the Indonesian National Standard (SNI).

Hasan also remarked that the illegal imported goods could disrupt industry players in the country.

"We are focusing on protecting consumers from the harms posed by illegal goods and protecting domestic industries," he pointed out.

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In detail, the destroyed products involved electronics, chili powder and paste, cocoa powder, soy sauce, chili sauce, chocolate sauce, forestry items, solar panels, apple juice concentrate, and sheets of glasses.

The goods originated from several Asian countries, namely Thailand, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, and India.

Meanwhile, Trade Ministry's Director General of Consumer Protection and Trade Order Moga Simatupang underlined that his side destroyed the products to implement Trade Minister's Regulation No. 51 of 2020 concerning inspection and supervision of import trade procedures beyond the customs area.

"The imported goods violated regulations by not being equipped with surveyor reports, import approvals, and registration numbers," he stated.

The directorate general then noted that the goods would also be destroyed by importers, with trade order supervisors from the Ministry of Trade bearing witness.

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Translator: Maria C, Tegar Nurfitra
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