Customs and excise officers are seen burning imported used clothes, Medan, North Sumatera, Wednesday (8/2). (ANTARA)
JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS - The Minister of Trade Regulation No. 51/M-Dag/Per/7/2015 on Prohibition to Import Used Clothes stipulates in Article 2 that used clothes are forbidden from being imported to Indonesia.
The government has decided to ban import of such goods as used clothes may endanger the health of Indonesians, and to protect both domestic consumers and producers.
There is also Law No.7/2014 on Trade that states importers are only allowed to import goods in new condition, unless the importer receives a permit from the Minister of trade.
Importers who fail to comply with the regulations may be subject to a maximum of 5 years in prison and a maximum fine of Rp5 billion. Meanwhile, the confiscated goods must be destroyed to prevent a spread of disease.