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Confiscates Thousands of Tons of Illegal Milk, Trade Minister Zulhas: Importers are Difficult to Get Permits from the Ministry of Agriculture | merdeka.com

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Merdeka.com – Minister of Trade (Mendag) Zulkifli Hasan, confiscated 2,735 tons of imported milk raw materials in the Sentul warehouse area, Bogor Regency, Wednesday (14/9). The processed products are valued at Rp120 billion.

Zulkifli revealed that the confiscation was carried out because PT TK did not have an appropriate import permit Regulation of the Minister of Trade (Permendag) Number 51 of 2020 concerning Inspection and Supervision of Import Trading Procedures after Passing through the Customs Area.

“Initially, the Director General of Consumer Protection and State Order carried out supervision. Then PT TK was found, which is an importer of dairy animal products and their derivatives,” said Zulkifli.

According to him, this violation is administrative in nature, so it can be corrected by doing re-export to complete the document.

“This is a raw material. Other industries also depend on this raw material. It is important and strategic. PT TK has admitted it was wrong,” he said.

According to him, as an importer, PT TK has recently had difficulty obtaining a permit from the Ministry of Agriculture. “He said it took him a long time to take care of the papers. It could take three months and they must come from Agriculture. Agriculture does not issue recommendations and writes letters to the Ministry of Trade,” he explained.

Meanwhile, the Director General of Consumer Protection and Trade Order, Veri Anggrijono, said that law enforcement measures can be taken through the imposition of sanctions, so that it can provide a deterrent effect for business actors who do not comply with the provisions.

“Sanctions are imposed in accordance with applicable regulations. So that it can provide a deterrent effect to those who violate the provisions of the law, especially related to import activities,” he said.

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