Entrepreneurs Will Sue E-Commerce Import Goods Regulations, Zulhas: Go ahead!

JAKARTA - The Minister of Trade (Mendag), Zulkifli Hasan, opened his voice over plans for logistics businesses to sue the revision of the Minister of Trade Regulation (Permendag) No.50/2020 concerning Trade Operators Through Electronic Systems (PPMSE) to the State Administrative Court (PTUN).

Even though the policy changes are currently still in the harmonization stage, logistics business people who are members of the Association of E-commerce Logistics Entrepreneurs (APLE) say they are ready to take it to court if their aspirations are not considered by the government. Responding to this, Zulhas stated that his party was ready to face APLE's action plan for logistics entrepreneurs to challenge the regulations regarding restrictions on imported goods in e-commerce.

"Yes, it's okay, please [sue]," said Zulhas when met in the Kalideres area, West Jakarta, Wednesday (30/8/2023).

As is well known, APLE protested the government's plan to limit direct [cross-border] imports in e-commerce. The plan for cross-border restrictions is contained in the revision of Permendag No.50/2020, later cheap imported goods priced at less than US$100 (around IDR 1.5 million) are prohibited from being traded by foreign sellers on e-commerce in Indonesia.

Zulhas assesses that direct import restrictions will support the competitiveness of MSME products in the digital market. The reason is that so far imported products often have very low prices compared to local products.

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