Ministry of Trade Thwarted 81 Thousand Liter – Palm Cooking Oil Export to Timor Leste

Ministry of Trade Thwarted 81 Thousand Liter – Palm Cooking Oil Export to Timor Leste

InfoSAWIT, SURABAYA – The government commits to run palm cooking oil export ban. In cooperation with General Directorate of Customs Ministry of Finance, and Food Taskforce Ministry of Trade successful thwarted palm cooking oil export to Timor Leste. At least, eight containers with 81 thousand liters of palm cooking oil were seized at Tanjung Perak Port, Surabaya. The exporter tried to trick the officers by not mentioning palm cooking oil in the documents of Pemberitahuan Ekspor Barang (PEB).  

General Director of Consumer Protection and Governance who is also as General Director in duty of Foreign Trade Ministry of Trade, Veri Anggrijono mentioned, the successful seize happened for the coordination and synergy among the government’s institutions to what President Joko Widodo instructed.

“Ministry of Trade, Food Taskforce, General Directorate of Custom Ministry of Finance would follow up every violence to every regulation,” he said, as in the official statement to InfoSAWIT, Thursday (12/5/2022). 

Veri continued, Ministry of Trade commits to escalate the synergy and cooperation among the institutions to monitor and deliver justice in trade.

“Today is the implementation of memorandum of understanding among Ministry of Trade, Indonesian Police, and General Directorate of Customs to escalate the monitoring and legal enforcement in trade,” he said.

Based on the Regulation of Minister of Trade Number 22 / 2022 about Temporary Export Ban of Crude Palm Oil, Refined, Bleached and Deodorized Palm Oil, Refined, Bleached and Deodorized Palm Olein, and Used Cooking Oil, palm cooking oil is one product which is banned to export since 28 April 2022. If anyone breaks the regulation, he would be threatened with the sanction as regulated in Chapter 112 paragraph (1) jo Chapter 51 paragraph (1) Regulation Number 7 / 2014 about Trade.

Director of Governance Ministry of Trade, Sihard Hardjopan Pohan said, the containers full of palm cooking oil were suspected to be illegally exported and the officers sustained them. “If anyone breaks palm cooking oil export ban would get sanction, at least five years in jail and/or get fine, at least, Rp 5 billion,” Pohan mentioned. (T2)