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Indonesia to allow beef imports from Brazil or Argentina

24 April 2020

The Indonesian government is removing certain import restrictions to shore up its food supply as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

According to Reuters, Suhanto, Indonesia’s Trade Ministry director general of domestic trade told parliament that it issued permits to import 20,000 tonnes of beef from Brazil or Argentina.

He said state companies PT Berdikari and PR Perdagangan Indonesia have been appointed to carry out the imports.

The move to ease import rules on certain food commodities comes amid moves to shore up Indonesia’s food supply as the global pandemic continues. Indonesia also needs to ensure food supplies ahead of Ramadan, the Islamic fasting month.

In March, the trade minister said Indonesia was importing 170,000 tonnes of water buffalo meat to meet domestic demand.

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