Non-Standard Toy Products Withdrawn from Market

Senin, 30 September 2013 | 08:58

The government asserted that non-standard toy products on the market which do not meet the Indonesia National Standard (SNI) will be withdrawn from circulation and destroyed.Director of Textile and Miscellaneous Industries for the Ministry of Industry Ramon Bangun said the technical guidance which is derived from the Ministerial Decree No.24/M-IND/PER/4/2013 on compulsory SNI to toys has been issued.
By doing so, the company that manufactures toys referred in the regulation but do not label their products with SNI stamp, will have their products withdrawn from circulation.
"The regulation shall come into force on October 12, 2013. In accordance with the provisions, a product will be withdrawn if it has no SNI stamp," Ramon told Bisnis, Thursday (9/26).
According to Ramon, the SNI for toys had been awaited by local toy manufacturers as there have been pretty much imported toys coming to Indonesia and weaken the local businesses competitiveness.
In addition, the Compulsory SNI for toys will also protect Indonesia from imported toys that contain hazardous materials.
Imported toys that have been entering Indonesia are not monitored closely.
"With this SNI, all parties will be protected. The government also wants to reduce dependence on imports," he said.
The ministerial regulation issued in April 2013 also mentioned that imported toys into Indonesia through the port will be monitored and checked more strictly.
"Now every shipment will be checked whether it is compliant or not, instead of checking every 6 months."
According to him, about a week or no later than 2 weeks later, the Minsitry of Industry will summon and conduct socialization to the producers and importers in Jakarta and several other cities. (msw)

by Riendy Astria, Aprianto Cahyo Nugroho