Government will ban import of livestock (animals) from China, as a precaution to prevent the coronavirus from spreading into the country. Other products of food and beverage are under evaluation, according to Ministry of Trade.
“We will obviously stop live animal imports from China while we are still considering banning other products,” Trade Minister Agus Suparmanto said Monday (February 3).
“We will only stop imports of products that could potentially spread the coronavirus,” he said further.
The government, he added, would be looking to other countries to meet the demand for imported products to make up for the ban of imports from China. China is Indonesia’s biggest trade partner. The Southeast Asian country imports garlic and fruit, among other food and beverages, from China.