Indonesia's illegal imports of textiles hit a five-year high
According to data released by the Indonesian Ministry of Industry (Ministry of Industry), the total value of illegally imported textiles and clothing products in Indonesia last year (2007) reached US$4.74 billion, a record high in the past five years. Last year, Indonesia’s domestic consumption of textiles and clothing products is expected to reach 1.22 million tons, an increase of 20% compared to 2006. However, the sales volume of Indonesian domestic manufacturers in their domestic market dropped to 270,000 tons, a decrease of 40.8 from the 466,000 tons in 2006. %. At the same time, data from the Indonesian Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS) shows that the number of textile and garment products illegally imported by Indonesia has grown from 51,000 tons in 2006 to 88,000 tons last year, an increase of 72.6%. According to statistics from the Indonesian Ministry of Industry, the number of textiles and garments legally imported by Indonesia last year reached 862,000 tons, which was more than 509,000 tons in 2006. The total sales of the domestic textile and clothing market in Indonesia last year reached US$6.71 billion, of which the amount of legal transactions was US$1.97 billion. Therefore, goods with a difference of US$4.74 billion between the two are presumed to be illegal imports. The Indonesian Textile Association (Indonesian Textile Association) considers that the uniforms worn by the government and private offices are the only opportunity in the Indonesian domestic market, and such quantities are usually not available in imports. Many people in the industry believe that due to the increase in textiles and clothing products illegally imported from China, Vietnam, Bangladesh, and even from Europe, the sales of domestic textile and clothing manufacturers in Indonesia will continue to decrease in this (2008) year.