Thu, 25 Feb 2010
TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta:European countries are still questioning the Indonesian National Standard (SNI) for tires which has impeded European tires from entering Indonesia.

The National Standardization Agency chief, Bambang Setiadi explained that the road condition and the climate in Indonesia was different from that in Europe. “This is what we call international difference,” he said yesterday. The reasoning has been conveyed in meetings with European agencies.

According to Bambang, his agency had carried out a standard test on European tires. The standard has also been increased from the normal European standard. “For instance, we spin the tire up to 300 hours because it is not enough to see how much it would burn if we spin it for 200 hours,” he said.

Bambang said the decision was that European tires cannot enter Indonesia yet. “They want to put their tires here, we said no.”

Europe was not happy and asked for proof that the climate in Indonesia and road conditions were different from that in Europe. Bambang said the evidence had been sent but that there was no response. “We will fight next month. It is the final battle,” he said.

The National Standardization Agency’s Standard Formulation centre chief, Teungku Hanafiah, added that SNI’s tire notification to the World Trade Organization was made in August 2003. “WTO country members were given two months to respond since its implementation in November 2003,” he said yesterday.

In fact, when the standards for tires became effective, European tires were allowed to enter Indonesia. However, they faced difficulties because they had to attach the SNI on their tires. After negotiations, European tires entered the marking by using a sticker.

The discussion on SNI tires with Europe, Tengku said, was still done through bilateral and unofficial channels. “We don’t intend to make a formal discussion,” he added. Indonesia wanted to prevent disputes to take place.

IQBAL MUHTAROM



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