Thu, 25 Nov 2010
TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta:The Trade Minister is cooperating with the European Union to clear issues on bicycle product circumvention. “There are assumptions that bicycles from China are being exported to Europe through Indonesia,” said Ernawati, the Trade Ministry’s Trade Security director, in Jakarta yesterday.

Circumvention is the imposition of one-sided additional duties on exported products. In the case of Indonesia’s bicycle exports, one of the indications reinforcing the circumvention charges is the alleged transfer of the exported goods from one country to another.

The allegation emerged because Europe has imposed anti-dumping duties against China-made bicycles. Meanwhile, bicycles exported from Indonesia was judged to be excessive. “To clarify this issue, we will ask for data from the Custom and Excise Directorate-General,” Erna said.

However, Peter Mulyadi, Promotion Manager of PT Insera Sena, Polygon bicycle producer, has not heard of this issue. According to Peter, exports to Europe have not been affected. So far, from 500.000 units produced per year, 70 percent are exported.

From that amount, 80 percent are exported to European countries, like Germany, Denmark, Austria, and Belgium. If there are circumvention charges, Peter said, certainly it is not done through his company because Polygon had agreed directly with the prospective buyers.

Therefore, the buyers already understand that the exported goods are made in Indonesia. Moreover, Polygon factory is only located in Indonesia, so there is no export transfer from China through Indonesia. Even, with the increasing local demand, Polygon plans to reduce exports by up to 50 percent.

Next year, production is estimated to be 3,5 million, said Prihadi, the Indonesian Bicycles Industry Association Chairman.

EKA UTAMI APRILIA


Sun, 28 Nov 2010
From: JakChat
Comment by fred
I've noticed more and more people buying mountain and foldable bikes over the last few months.
Loads of new clubs springing up and more people looking for alternative transport. Since I started going to work on mine several teachers and a load of the kids have started using theirs.


Sun, 28 Nov 2010
From: JakChat
Comment by KuKuKaChu
i have observed the same phenomenon ... and the bikes that are being purchased aint cheap: Rp20-30jt. owning a bike and all the accessoraries has become a new middle class status symbol.


Mon, 29 Nov 2010
From: JakChat
Comment by fred
^
That's not far off wrong. You should see the price of things in places like Rodalink, BSD.
Its amazing. Places like that are catering to fashion, not people interested in riding a bike.
There are lots of people using them for genuine reasons. People interested in keeping fit, having a Sunday ride out or simply an alternative form of transport on Jakarta's jammed roads.
Loads of bike clubs springing up and even MTB tracks being sorted out for people interested in off road, getting, muddy riding.


Tue, 30 Nov 2010
From: JakChat
Comment by KuKuKaChu
every couple of sundays they close jalan thamrin-sudirman to traffic. the middle class drive their kijang to a side-road, get out their expensive road-racers, and proceed to parade up and down the empty jalan protokol. every time this happens, there is a large crowd outside of starbucks (opposite sarinah) where these sweating, beer-gutted status riders can be seen sipping their latte ... and smoking cigarettes! what a recipe for a coronary!



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