Jakarta (ANTARA) - Head of the Indonesian Quarantine Agency (Barantin) Sahat M. Panggabean said that the agency is continuing to accelerate efforts to open up market access for Indonesian agricultural and fisheries exports to China.

As part of the efforts, a meeting with the General Administration of Customs of China (GACC) was organized in Jakarta on Wednesday.

He informed that the meeting discussed technical issues related to barriers to export market access in China. The exports of some of Indonesia's leading commodities, such as fish meal, fresh coconut, durian, and aquaculture products, are still hampered by technical requirements.

"The meeting discussed unresolved problems in order to accelerate our market penetration in China," he added in a press release issued by his office.

According to Panggabean, Indonesia's fish meal exports are still being hampered by BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy) testing parameters. The parameters were set by GACC as a requirement for fish meal exports to China.

"To solve this issue, we submitted a proposal to GACC regarding alternative BSE-free testing methods for fish meal commodities. The method uses a non-fish protein test that uses PCR (polymerase chain reaction)," he explained.

For the realization of durian exports to China, Barantin is encouraging GACC to carry out field inspections of durian plantations, Panggabean informed.

Meanwhile, market access for Indonesian aquaculture products in China is still facing hurdles even though companies in Indonesia have registered to meet GACC requirements.

He expressed the hope that the approval process would be completed without delay to open up market opportunities for the products.

Regarding the issue of fresh coconuts exports, Barantin sent a draft reply on the protocol for the export of fresh coconuts to China via the Indonesian embassy in China on April 19, 2024.

He requested GACC to immediately finalize the approval for the protocol signing process.

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