Hold up not a con­cern

Central and North Burnett Times - - RURAL UPDATE - ❏ Kate Bene­dict

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.

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