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Textile products and their derivatives continue to flood the domestic market. Based on data from the Central Statistics Agency (BPS), the largest fabric imports during 2021 will come from China, the value is almost half of the total imports in the country, reaching 48.87%. The second position is South Korea 12.99 percent, Vietnam 9.98 percent, Hong Kong 9.45 percent, Taiwan 7.03 percent, and Malaysia 5.58 percent. Entrepreneurs say that this condition cannot be separated from the intervention of importers.

"These importers are pushy, they don't have a sense of nationality. I know exactly that garment importers, fabric importers, they insist on asking for import permits, they say there is demand. Yes, demand for garments, fabrics will always be there, but where do you want to fill them? What local? import?" said Chairperson of the Association of Fiber and Filament Yarn Producers (APSyFI) Redma Gita Wirawasta, Thursday (28/7/2022).

In a new regulation from the Ministry of Trade, the General Importer Identification Number (API-U) is given to meet the raw materials for small and medium industries (IKM). Redma considers this rule to be an obstacle.

"In the second quarter, there was an increase in imports due to API-U. But when I met Mr. Zulkifli, he was ready to close API-U, the PR is done according to regulations, the main focus is at the port, I see it is still leaking," he said.

The flood of textile imports from other countries could be even greater because Indonesia is currently undergoing the Indonesia-Bangladesh preferential trade agreement (IB-PTA).

Redma said there were indications that one of the points in the trade agreement could sacrifice the textile industry. He has been in communication with the Director General of International Trade Negotiations. However, the conversation is still tough because the textile industry is reluctant to become a victim.

"If there is a flood of imports like this. But that is not the authority of the Director General, but the authority of the Director General of other Ministries. Same with China (several years ago) suddenly, we want safeguards to be very difficult. So it is not synchronized with one ministry and another. One promises , one more does not want, "said Redma.

"If there is a national interest that we must sign the Indonesia-Bangladesh PTA we support, but we don't want textiles to be victims," ​​he continued.