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Retailers consider shifting imports to Indonesia’s free-trade partners

A number of retail companies are reviewing the possibility of increasing imports from Indonesia’s free-trade partners to compensate import tax rises recently imposed by the government.

Trisula International president director Lisa Tjahjadi said last week that her firm would look into countries that have signed free-trade agreements with Indonesia to avoid significant impact from the import tariff hike.

Indonesia has a total of 17 free trade arrangements, with nine already signed and in effect, one signed but not yet in effect and seven still in negotiations, according to data from the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Countries or regions that have signed and implemented free trade deals with Indonesia include ASEAN, Japan and Pakistan.