Illegal Export of 81 Thousand Liters of Cooking Oil On Their Way to Timor Leste Confiscated in Tanjung Perak

- 13 May 2022 13:23 WIB
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JAKARTADAILY.ID - Eight containers containing at least 81 thousand liters of cooking oil on their way to being illegally exported to Timor Leste were confiscated at the Tanjung Perak Port in Surabaya.

The exporters attempted to deceive officers by not including cooking oil in the Goods Export Notification document.

The Director-General of Consumer Protection and Trade Order, who also serves as Acting Director-General of Foreign Trade at the Ministry of Trade, Veri Anggrijono, emphasized that this success was due to the coordination and synergy between government institutions in carrying out the orders of Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

"The Ministry of Trade together with the Food Task Force and the Directorate General of Customs and Excise at the Ministry of Finance will take firm action against any violation of the provisions of the legislation," said Veri in an official statement in Jakarta, Thursday, May 12, 2022.

The Ministry of Trade will also continue to be committed to increasing synergy and cooperation between institutions in terms of supervision and law enforcement in the trade sector.

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Veri emphasized that today's activity is an implementation of the MoU between the Ministry of Trade, the National Police, and the Directorate General of Customs and Excise in increasing supervision and law enforcement in the trade sector," Veri concluded.

 "We express our gratitude and give our greatest appreciation to the Indonesian Police, the Attorney General's Office, and the Directorate General of Customs and Excise in carrying out law enforcement in the trade sector," he concluded.

Based on the Regulation of the Minister of Trade Number 22 of 2022 concerning the Temporary Prohibition of Exports of Crude Palm Oil, Refined, Bleached and Deodorized Palm Oil, Refined, Bleached and Deodorized Palm Olein, and Used Cooking Oil, cooking oil has been designated as an item prohibited for export as of April 28, 2022.

Business actors who violate these provisions are threatened with sanctions as stipulated in Article 112 Paragraph (1) in conjunction with Article 51 Paragraph (1) Law Number 7 of 2014 concerning Trade.

The Director for Order of Commerce at the Ministry of Trade, Sihard Hardjopan Pohan, said the container containing cooking oil, which was suspected to be illegally exported, had been secured by officers.

"Business actors who violate the export of cooking oil can be subject to criminal sanctions for a maximum of five years and/or a fine of a maximum of Rp 5 billion," added Sihard Hadjopan Pohan.

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Editor: Suksmajati Kumara

Source: Kemendag

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