Hold up not a concern
CENTRAL Burnett citrus producers say it is business as usual despite Australian citrus held up at the port in Jakarta.
This newspaper made contact with a number of local citrus producers, including Gayndah Packers Co-operative, who reported they had not been affected.
But it has been confirmed more than 400 containers of citrus have been stopped at the docks in Jakarta for more than two weeks.
The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) said the containers were held up at Tanjung Priok, Jakarta, and the port in Surabaya, due to the implementation of new import permit requirements.
A DAFF spokesman said a small percentage was from Australia.
“The Australian Government understands that import permits are currently being processed and will be issued for all containers to enter the Indonesian market,” the spokesman said.
“New regulations for the importation of horticultural products into Indonesia were implemented from October 28... which, among other things, establish new procedures for the issuance of import permits.”
Australian Embassy officials in Jakarta are working with the Indonesian Government to resolve the issue.