THE Federal Government has confirmed more than 400 containers of citrus have been held up on the docks at Jakarta.Fresh produce has been held by Indonesian Customs for more than two weeks, due to the implementation of new import permit requirements.
The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry has confirmed the containers were held up at Tanjung Priok, Jakarta and the port in Surabaya, due to the implementation of new import permit requirements.
A DAFF spokesman said the containers were sourced from a number of countries with a relatively small number from Australia.
''The Australian Government understands that import permits are currently being processed and will be issued for all containers to enter the Indonesian market,'' the spokesman said.
"New regulations for the importation of horticultural products into Indonesia were implemented from October 28 as amended by Minister of Trade and Minister of Agriculture which, among other things, establish new procedures for the issuance of import permits.
"The Australian Government is discussing the new regulations and their implementation with the Indonesian Government seeking to ensure the mutually beneficial trade in horticultural products is maintained.''