Earlier this week, Indonesia’s Directorate General of Livestock and Animal Health Services (DGLAHS) announced a suspension of the country’s beef and live cattle import permitting processes, effectively closing the market until further notice. FAS-Jakarta is seeking further details on the suspension order and the reasoning behind it, but details have been slow in coming.
FAS is hopeful that the suspension is temporary and will be clarified in the next few days, but at this time the situation remains very uncertain. USMEF will provide more details as more information becomes available. Exporters serving Indonesia should monitor the situation carefully and work closely with their importers regarding recent or upcoming shipments. If you have questions, please email Paul Clayton or Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.
Through October, U.S. beef/beef variety meat exports to Indonesia were 6,128 metric tons (mt). While this is nearly triple the pace of a year ago, almost half of this export activity took place in January (1,741 mt) and February (1,137 mt). In the second half of this year, exports to Indonesia have averaged about 450 mt per month.