Tue, 28 Jul 2009
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Jakarta administration will conduct a raid on illegal electronics sold at electronic shops and outlets in the capital, an official said.

The raid was aimed at protecting domestic electronics producers and importers that pay taxes, head of the Jakarta cooperatives, micro small and medium business and trade office Ade Soeharsono said here on Monday.

"So the raid will target electronics which are not equipped with SNI (Indonesian national standards) and manuals," he said.

But he stopped short of revealing when the raid would begin on the ground if the date was made public the raid would not yield maximum results. Therefore, the raid would be conducted suddenly.

"The raid is important to reduce the entry of illegal electronics as well as to uphold law and order in the trade sector," he said.

In addition, the raid was also expected to protect locally-made electronics against the onslaught of illegally-imported ones sold at lower prices, he said.

If the matter was left unheeded it would harm the interests of not only consumers but the state as well, he said.

A Hong (43), an electronics trader, said he did not object to the city administration conducting a raid on illegally-imported electronics.

He said many Chinese electronics which did not have SNI were circulating in the domestic market.

"The goods are sold at low prices so many buyers buy them no matter whether or not they meet the SNI," he said. (*)



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