Businessman criticizes rattan export ban

Kamis, 10 November 2011 | 16:45

A businessman has criticized a planned government ban on rattan exports that is expected to come into place later this year, saying the ban will hurt rattan producing regions.“This plan will do nothing for the economy and on the contrary could directly threaten the future of the rattan industry,” Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) trade, distribution and logistic division chief Natsir Mansur said Tuesday as quoted by

Natsir added that his objection was based on the fact that the domestic rattan industry could only accommodate up to 15,000 tons of rattan per year, far below the annual rattan production figure, which reaches 400,000 tons.

He urged the government to issue a set of regulations first to safeguard the country’s annual rattan stocks before banning rattan exports completely.

Earlier, Trade Minister Gita Wirjawan said the rattan export ban would not hurt rattan-producing regions such as Kalimantan and Sumatra, since the policy was issued to ensure that Indonesia's rattan industry maximized its use of local rattan stocks.

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