TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta: Directorate General of Customs and Excises will revoke the licenses of around 3,000 importers. They are considered as problematic as not being active for a year.
The decision will be arranged and included in the recommendation of Directorate General of Customs and Excises at the Finance Department. The recommendation is addressed to the Trade Department and will be delivered by the end of this month at the latest.
â€śThe one which issues the license is the Trade Department. So it is up to them to decide. We only give them the facts and recommendation,â€ť said Technical Director of Customs and Excises, Teguh Indrayana.
Up to the end of December 2006, the Directorate General of Customs and Excises blocked 6,000 licenses of difficult importers. Their activities will automatically be frozen.
The recommendation from the Directorate General of Customs and Excises will be the standard for the Trade Department in evaluating the suitability of extending the 6,000 importersâ€™ licenses. â€śThatâ€™s their authority, especially regarding the 3,000 importers who havenâ€™t been active for a year,â€ť he said.
By the blocking of 6,000 importersâ€™ activities, said Teguh, the number of active importers registered in the Customs and Excises and the Trade Department is only 9,000.
Around 300 of them are categorized as of high risk. â€śThey committed import activities secretly or they did hit and run,â€ť he said.
As the remaining 8,700 importers, they are categorized as of low and medium risk so that they are treated well. The privileges include ease to be in the green lane and priority lane.
The green lane is an excise facility that only importersâ€™ documents are checked, the imported goods are not. As for the priority lane, there is not any checking either over the documents or the goods.