Posted by: mel | September 15, 2009

Container of Chinese Cosmetics Intercepted by Indonesian Customs

Kompas | Jakarta | 15 September 2009


DHONI SETIAWAN Kepala Badan Pengawas Obat dan Makanan (BPOM), Husniah Rubiana Thamrin menunjukkan beberapa produk kosmetik yang mengandung bahan berbahaya dan zat pewarna yang dilarang di Kantor BPOM, Jakarta Pusat, Rabu (26/11). Dari hasil investigasi dan penelitian dari BPOM telah menemukan 27 produk kosmestik yang beredar di masyarakat telah mengandung logam berat jenis Merkuri dan zat pewarna Rhodamin (Merah K.10).


Customs officers at Jakarta’s Tanjung Priok port on Tuesday foiled an attempt to smuggle in a large consignment of illegal Chinese cosmetic products.  

The illegal goods were hidden in a 40-foot tall container reported in the manifest  as holding printing machines by the importing company named PT BM located in Bekasi, West Java, Anwar Suprijadi, director general of customs, said.
Meanwhile the chief of the Tanjung Priok customs office, Rahmat Subagyo, said the cosmetics were not covered by the required documents from the Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM).
“The case is still under police investigation. Several related parties have been questioned while a further check on the goods’  certification will be done in coordination with BPOM,” Rahmat said.
The customs office was also coordinating with the directorate general of intellectual property rights protection (HAKI) to investigate the origin of the products, the parties that had the copyrights to the cosmetic products and their intended distribution in Indonesia.
According to Rahmat, the goods inside the container were worth Rp1.67 billion. Earlier, the  chief of the Fiscal and Monetary Committee of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin), Bambang Susatyo, had said the government must take action against illegal imports  from China distributed in  Indonesian markets. 
Law enforcement, he said, is one of factors that can help domestic products to grow in the country. “Indonesian entrepreneurs will find it hard to survive in their own country if the government does not stop the entry of  illegal products from China into Indonesian markets.”


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