Indonesia Apparel Safeguards Deadline October 15

SFIA wanted to share with you a recent development impacting companies selling apparel into the Indonesian market. The Indonesian government has started an investigation to determine harm imports cause to the domestic apparel industry. If domestic harm found, remedies include restriction of apparel imports. The investigation is focused on HTS codes 6101, 6102, 6103, 6104, 6105, 6106, 6109, 6110, 6111, 6117, 6201, 6202, 6203, 6204, 6205, 6206, 6209, and 6214. Please find a template to assist in the case to secure product exclusions at bottom of this message.

An international effort to fend off this market restriction has been organized by the World Federation fo the Sporting Goods Industry (SFIA is member of WFSGI). Please find additional information on the Indonesian Apparel Safeguard actions attached, including information to join the formal case against the restrictions. The WFSGI has retained counsel to represent the industry in Indonesia and it is recommended companies join the united effort. The cost to participate in the case will depend on participation. The deadline to file as an interested party is October 15, 2020. Should you wish to speak with Indonesian trade officials directly or Register as ‘Party of Interest’ independent of the larger effort please send formal registration to the Indonesian Safeguards Committee:

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It’s at the bottom of this file: https://docs.wto.org/dol2fe/Pages/SS/directdoc.aspx?filename=q:/G/SG/N6IDN36.pdf%26Open=True

For the purpose of possible product exclusions and making specific arguments, it is essential to narrow down the specific product categories that are of interest to the industry based on their imports into/sales to Indonesia.

Therefore, please provide the following information to counsel if you wish to join the united effort.

I. Assessing the relevant products

  1. Please complete the table below to understand the main products and tariff lines of interest to the Members and the key countries of export.
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2. May we please confirm whether the data has been reported on the basis of the imports into Indonesia or on the basis of the exports from the specific countries.

II. Finding a basis for possible product exclusion/s

  1. To your knowledge, is any product reported above not produced by the Indonesian producers? If the answer were to be in the affirmative, please provide a detailed description of your product and the relevant brochures/technical information supporting the point.
  2. For all the above-mentioned products that are produced by Indonesian producers, are there specific differences between your products and those of the Indonesian producers that could support our argument for product exclusions? If your answer were to be in the affirmative, please provide brochures and technical information that could permit us to build arguments for product exclusions.

For example, can the above-mentioned products exported/imported by the Members be differentiated from those produced and sold by the Indonesian producers on the basis of special (sports/athletic) usage, quality, technical properties/aspects (such as patented technology), sales channels and, pricing among others, for the purpose of exclusion from the product scope?

III. Other information requests

  1. Assuming that a duty free quota could be an alternative to tariffs, what is your estimate for an average quota for imports that should be considered? Please provide this information per tariffline.
  2. May we please request you to provide us any information that you may have as regards the Indonesian apparel producers/industry such as problems (if any) faced by individual producers that are not related to the imports or that are faced by the industry as a whole?
  3. Any global studies or market reports (covering Indonesia) on the apparel items concerned by the investigation?

If you have any questions, please contact SFIA’s Senior Vice President of Government & Public Affairs, Bill Sells, at bsells@sfia.org.

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