Covid-19 Pandemic Period, Customs Synergy and Agricultural Quarantine Exports of Thousands Tons of Kepilipina Corn.

116 – Bali – The COVID-19 pandemic situation did not dampen Customs efforts in the Bali – Nusra Region in carrying out its duties and functions as a Trade Facilitator. Friday. 5/15/2020.

The results of the synergy of the Sumbawa Customs, the Sumbawa Besar Class 1 Agricultural Quarantine Station, and the Sumbawa Regency Government succeeded in assisting and realizing the export of 6,600 metric tons of corn, originally produced by Sumbawa farmers, to Cebu, Philippines.

Noting the call of the Central Government to conduct social and physical distancing, the corn export release event, which was held at the Sumbawa Besar Badas Port Export Pier, was conducted via video conference.

Symbolically the ship carrying the export of corn, MV. Thang Long, will be released directly by the Regent of Sumbawa Besar, accompanied by the ranks of Customs and Agricultural Quarantine. Meanwhile, remarks by the Head of the Agricultural Quarantine Agency, and the Head of the Customs Regional Office of Bali, NTB and NTT were conducted through video conferences from Jakarta and Denpasar.

In his remarks, the Regent of Sumbawa Besar, who was represented on this occasion by the Deputy Regent, Mahmud Abdullah, expressed his appreciation to various parties, for the successful export of original Sumbawa corn by PT. Fresh Agro Nusantara.

“This success is the result of extraordinary synergy from various parties, to continue to develop the economic potential of the Sumbawa region, especially amid the conditions of the Covid-19 pandemic like this. The Sumbawa local government continues to strive to continue to increase corn production by setting a Government Purchasing Cost, so that the price of corn is stable.

The process of agricultural quarantine, and mapping of export commodities are always guarded by Agricultural Quarantine, as well as customs clearance so that these maize commodities can be exported directly from Sumbawa, continue to be assisted in the EXPORT CLINIC program by the Sumbawa Customs, “said Mahmud.

“Apart from being well-known as a corn barn, Sumbawa Regency actually also has four other leading agricultural export commodities, namely: swallow’s nest, red jatropha root, sisal leaf and leaf wrap which have economic value which is quite high in the international market. Even so, there are still many of these superior commodities, which cannot be sent directly from Sumbawa abroad, due to various reasons.

To continue to encourage exports and drive the economy, in accordance with the instructions of the Minister of Agriculture, the Agricultural Quarantine Agency (Barantan) will continue to strive to open market access, by harmonizing quarantine rules in new export destination countries, “said the Head of Barantan who on this occasion represented by AM Adnan, Plt. Barantan Secretary.

While in his remarks, the Head of the Bali, NTB and NTT Customs and Excise Regional Office, Hendra Prasmono stated that the realization of this corn export is expected to contribute to the welfare of corn farmers in Sumbawa, because they can enjoy higher prices than local sales.

In addition, with this direct export from the port in Sumbawa, it is expected that export statistics on Sumbawa will also be more accurate and valid.

He added, his party was currently compiling a study on the revitalization of export management whose purpose was to reduce export logistics costs, and facilitate direct export of regional commodities, the results of farmers, craftsmen, and other SMEs, through the local Customs Office.

“Through the EXPORT CLINIC program in various Customs Offices, so far we have succeeded in assisting export procedures and procedures, accelerating in the process of customs services, and synergizing with various parties related to licensing lartas.

“We Customs are very ready to continue to synergize with various parties, to encourage exports, so that it can help economic recovery in the region, especially as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic,” concluded Hendra. (Team