President Joko Widodo has instructed the enforcement of the import ban on used clothing, as it threatens Indonesia's domestic textile industry and micro small to medium-sized businesses or msmes. So what are the strategies that are being implemented, to eradicate the smuggling of used clothes and thrifting in the country? Let's take a look.
The practice of buying and selling imported used clothing is still a phenomenon so far. Not only is the price cheap and affordable, sometimes even tucked into branded goods, which makes people very interested in buying it.
Actually, the prohibition of imported used clothing already exists, namely through Permendag number 40 of 2022 concerning amendments to the regulation of the minister of trade number 18 of 2021 concerning goods prohibited from export and goods prohibited from import.
However, the sale of imported used clothing is everywhere. Not only in Jakarta, which is located in the mall and in the city of Bandung, the location of the sale of used imported clothes is in The Gede Bage Cimol Market and The Candle Market in Astana Anyar. Even, to meet the high consumer demand not infrequently imported used clothing is made like a shock market.
Indonesia, has a very large water area and many rat harbors so that it can facilitate various smuggling crimes. Various efforts are now being made. One of which is by carrying out destruction as an effort of law enforcement and consumer protection.