Indonesia likely to ban import of Pakistani kinnows

Published: November 20, 2015
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Indonesian importers have already informed Pakistani exporters about the possible ban. PHOTO: FARJAD KHAN

Indonesian importers have already informed Pakistani exporters about the possible ban. PHOTO: FARJAD KHAN

ISLAMABAD: Indonesia is likely to impose a ban on the import of Pakistani Kinnows with effect from January 2016.

According to sources, Indonesian importers have already informed Pakistani exporters about the possible ban.

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Pakistan’s Ambassador to Indonesia Mohammad Aqil Nadeem has written a letter to the Indonesian Trade Minister on November 18, requesting him not to impose the sanction.

“The meagre export of $21 million is now under threat as well as our exporters have been informed by Indonesian importers and the Indonesian Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Importers and Exporters Association (ASSIEBESSINDO) about the possible ban,” said the letter.

“This decision, if implemented, will put a ban on the meagre export of Kinnows to Indonesia,” the ambassador added.

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Bilateral trade between Pakistan and Indonesia reached a high of $2.2 billion in 2014, but it has been heavily in Indonesia’s favour.

The letter also stated that under the Indonesia-Pakistan Free Trade Agreement (FTA), Indonesia has provided concession to Pakistan’s Kinnow ‘mandarin’ and allowed entry to Tanjung Priok Port of Jakarta, in return for tariff concession provided by Pakistan on import of Indonesian palm oil.

“Pakistan’s Kinnows are available for exports in December till April every year; thus the availability is only for five months,” it added.

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The ambassador, in the letter, appreciated the Indonesian Ministry’s instrumental role in improving trade relations between the two countries, but the recent impediment was against the spirit of bringing a balance of trade.

According to the letter, the imbalance of trade was noted by the Indonesian minister himself in a meeting held on October 9, 2015, and he ensured that efforts would be made to provide opportunities to enhance Pakistan’s exports.

Meanwhile, the Pakistani business community also expressed serious concerns and requested the government to take immediate steps in that regard.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 20th, 2015.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Nadeem
    Nov 20, 2015 - 6:57AM

    Surprising to see no mention of the reasons for this ‘ban’.Recommend

  • Intrepid
    Nov 20, 2015 - 9:40AM

    Just imagine how it would have been if trade was open between India and Pakistan. Both Indian and Pakistani Punjab produce kinnow oranges, but Indian production is not enough for local consumption which sees local cultivars and the famed Nagpur oranges. Recommend

  • SGN
    Nov 20, 2015 - 9:46AM

    Incomplete article.There is no mention of the reason for the ban. Recommend

  • Ammar
    Nov 20, 2015 - 10:12AM

    How could you write a story without telling readers the reason for this ban?Recommend

  • Indian
    Nov 20, 2015 - 10:24AM

    No one wants to do anything with Pakiland.Recommend

  • Omar Sadiq
    Nov 20, 2015 - 11:28AM

    Maybe I didn’t read the article properly but there were no reasons stated in the article about WHY the ban might be imposed.Recommend

  • khalid gandhi
    Nov 20, 2015 - 11:31AM

    even after going through the WHOLE story still could not get the reason why ban is thretened or being imposed … be clear in your reporting please Recommend

  • Salim Khan
    Nov 20, 2015 - 3:12PM

    Indonesia, a Muslim country, bans our fruits? So much for the Muslim Ummah, that we hear only in Pakistan.Recommend

  • IBN E ASHFAQUE
    Nov 20, 2015 - 3:19PM

    The article does not mentions the possible reason or reasons that Indonesia is banning our Kinnos….such an incomplete article…….Recommend

  • usmanMBA
    Nov 20, 2015 - 8:21PM

    good . it will be cheaper in local marketRecommend

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