Exporting from Indonesia to Kuwait is about to get easier, reported Gusmardi Bustami, the chairman of the Indonesian Agency for Export Development (NAFED), who confirmed this week that Kuwait intends simplifying the procedure according to which certificates of origin for exports into the country need to be endorsed.
Currently, Indonesian exporters exporting products into the Middle East have to get their certificates of origin endorsed by the country's Justice Ministry, Foreign Ministry, the Egyptian embassy in Jakarta, the Organization of Islamic Conference and the Middle East Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Foreign Affairs Ministry.
"This is burdensome to exporters who have to spend up to 2 million rupees ($225) just to have their certificates of origin endorsed within a period of one month," Bustami said to Asia Pulse. As a result, many Indonesian businesses are reluctant to export to the Middle East, he said.
Bustami said that he recently discussed the matter with Kuwait's trade minister, who he said had agreed to simplify the procedures after studying them.
Egypt already has streamlined its procedures for certificates of origin accompanying Indonesian exports. Indonesian companies no longer have to have the papers endorsed by the Foreign Affairs Ministry, the Organization of Islamic Conference and the Middle East Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Bustami said he now planned on lobbying the governments of Jordan, Iran, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Lebanon to follow Kuwait and Egypt's examples. — (Albawaba-MEBG)
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