Monday, August 18, 2008

Indonesia Custom Office Has Dis-qualified 2,000 Custom Brokerage Companies

Within a year the Indonesia Custom Office has dis-qualified 2,000 custom brokerage companies (PPJK) which operate in Indonesia due to devious business practice.

“We put emphasis on compliance and transparency," as quoted by Mr. Anwar Supriyadi, Director General of Custom in Jakarta on Tuesday (12/8/08).

This has reduced the number of company offering custom services (PPJK) from 5,,000 to 3,000. In return, Anwar said, services in ports are expected to be more affluent.

Furthermore, Custom Office has also dis-qualified 1,000 importing companies with the same reason. Thus making operable importing company to 14.000 currently.

“This in support to companies who have shown compliances and transparency. “We also expect existing operating company to improve their compliance to recent rules and regulation applied in Custom Office”, Anwar said.

No improvement in mind-set

The recent site inspection by Anti-Corroption Commission to Custom Office of Tanjung Priok on May 2008, has failed to improved the mind-set and attitude in Custom’s officials.

Confirmation on that is seen on the recent inspection to Custom Office in Juanda Airport, 2 weeks after Tanjung Priok.

Anwar said, the Custom inspection team has found Rp.128 million of bribe money scattered in a number of envelopes.

“Two Custom Officers were caught breaching Office Ethic Code, and one has been terminated”. “This showed there are still inconsistency among Custom officer”, Anwar quoted.

In addition to the Tanjung Priok and Juanda case, 8 Custom Officer has also discharged for various reason in 2008.

At this time, Custom Office of Batam is also under scrutiny for breaching of Ethic Code by their officers.

Bambang Soesatyio, Chief of Moneter and Fiscal from the Indonesia Trading House said, if The Custom Office is serious on improving investment in Custom area, they must also put order among themselves.

Custom Service Company is not acting alone, their mischievous behavior reflect similar attitude from the Custom Officer, said Bambang.

“This strict action may also lead to a reduced of smuggling activity thus help the local market to gromw”, Bambang quoted.

Source : Kompas Daily, 12/08/2008