Indonesia Trade ministry finds illegally imported cement

Indonesia Trade ministry finds illegally imported cement
Published: 23 November 2009

Indonesia’s directorate of goods and services of the ministry of trade on Monday found 21,380 sacks of imported Chinese cement suspected not meeting Indonesian national standard.

Goods and Services Control Director Inayat Iman suspected that three regulations had been violated by the owners of the cement which entered the country through Tanjung Priok port.

The three regulations are trade ministerial decree No.14/M-DAG/PER/3/2007 on standardization of trading services and Indonesian national standard control, industry ministerial decree No.35/M-IND/PER/4/2009 on Indonesian National Standard on cement, and trade ministerial decree No 20/M-DAG/5/2009 on stipulations and procedures of control of goods and services.

The thousands of sacks of cement bearing the CUCC brand from China labeled China United Cement Rizhao Co. Ltd weighing 50 kg each, and cement bearing Tansil brand weighing 25 kg each sack were found in the warehousing facilities in Tanjung Priok in the name of PT Trans Bintang Asia and PT Bada Nusantara.

Besides conducting an impromptu inspection to Tanjung Priok, Civil Service Investigator and Consumer Protection of the ministry of trade also launched an impromptu inspection in Serang, Banten, and confiscated 23 tons of cement bearing the CUCC brand at the Logam Jaya hardware store.

Inayat said the cement meeting the Indonesian national standard may harm the interest of the consumers and the local cement factories.