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  • Environmental Pollution: Indonesia’s Battle against Plastic Waste

    Environmental Pollution: Indonesia’s Battle against Plastic Waste

    Plastic waste is a huge problem in Indonesia. Over the past few years, various images surfaced on the Internet and media showing how beaches on Bali – the famous island that forms the most popular tourist destination in Indonesia - are swamped by plastic garbage. Another example is the city of Bandung (West Java) where the Indonesian army had to lend a helping hand last year to fish plastic garbage out of local rivers.

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  • Indonesia Struggles with Plastic Pollution; Bali Bans Single-Use Plastics

    Indonesia Struggles with Plastic Pollution; Bali Bans Single-Use Plastics

    As is widely known, especially to those who have visited certain beaches in Bali, Indonesia needs to combat water pollution, and specifically plastic waste. While local authorities on Bali announced earlier this week to enact a ban on single-use plastics, such as shopping bags, styrofoam food packets and straws (while Jakarta may follow suit), Indonesia's Industry Ministry expressed it opposes an earlier plan to impose an excise tax on plastic bags.

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  • Indonesian Gov't Plans Excise Tax on Plastic Bags in 2018 Budget

    Indonesian Gov't Plans Excise Tax on Plastic Bags in 2018 Budget

    Stakeholders in Indonesia's plastics industry are not happy to see the government eager to impose an excise tax on plastic bags in the proposed 2018 state budget. Fajar Budiyono, Secretary-General of the Indonesian Olefin, Aromatic and Plastic Industry Association (Inaplas), is against the excise tax saying it will not be a solution to environmental pollution. Instead, the government should focus on enhancing plastic waste treatment.

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  • Packaging Industry of Indonesia Still Under Pressure

    Packaging Industry of Indonesia Still Under Pressure

    Turnover in the packaging industry of Indonesia stood at around IDR 50 trillion (approx. USD $3.8 billion) in the first three quarters of 2016, flat from turnover generated in the same period one year earlier. Ariana Susanti, Director of Business Development at the Indonesian Packaging Federation (FPI), said turnover in the industry grew in Q1-2016 but was under pressure in the following two quarters. Overall, the situation is still better in 2016 compared to 2015 when - amid sliding economic growth and bleak purchasing power - turnover fell.

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  • What You Need to Know about Indonesia's Excise on Plastic Packaging

    What You Need to Know about Indonesia's Excise on Plastic Packaging

    Before the end of 2016 the Indonesian government plans to have imposed a controversial excise on plastic packaging. Earlier this year the government had already suggested a IDR 200 (approx. USD $0.02) excise duty for food and beverage products wrapped in plastic packages. However, with all spotlights focused on Indonesia's tax amnesty program this plastic wrapping excise tax has been off analysts' radar. Lets take a closer look at this excise: what is it and why does the government of Southeast Asia's largest economy want to implement it?

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  • Plastic Industry Indonesia May Expand in 2016 Despite New Taxes

    Plastic Industry Indonesia May Expand in 2016 Despite New Taxes

    Sales in Indonesia's plastic industry are expected to rise 6.5 percent to 4.3 million tons (roughly USD $8 billion) in 2016 supported by rising plastic and plastic products demand in those industries that use these materials (for example, Indonesia's food & beverage industry and the automotive industry). Fajar Budiono, Secretary General of the Aromatic, Olefin and Plastic Industry Association (Inaplas), said the year 2016 should be a good one for the plastic industry as the economy of Indonesia has started to stabilize after a prolonged slowdown.

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  • Turnover in Indonesia's Food & Beverage Industry Up 7.55% in Q1-2016

    Turnover in Indonesia's Food & Beverage Industry Up 7.55% in Q1-2016

    Turnover in Indonesia's food and beverage sector reached IDR 400 trillion (approx. USD $30.3 billion) in the first quarter of 2016, up 7.55 percent from the same period one year earlier. Adhi Lukman, Chairman of the Indonesian Food and Beverage Association (GAPMMI), is content to see the growth pace, particularly because it is supported by rising sales volumes. In Q1-2015 the growth pace in Indonesia's food and beverage industry was higher (at +8.16 percent y/y) but this growth was more supported by higher prices rather than rising sales volumes.

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  • Indonesia's Plan to Impose Excise Tax on Plastic Packaging Meets Resistance

    Indonesia's Plan to Impose Excise Tax on Plastic Packaging Meets Resistance

    Three Indonesian sectors are expected to be negatively affected by the government's proposal to impose an excise tax of at least IDR 200 (approx. USD $0.02) on plastic bottles and packaging. These three sectors are the food & beverage sector, the packaging sector, and petrochemicals. Last week, the Indonesian government unveiled its plan to introduce a new excise tax in an effort to collect additional tax money, while protecting the environment as the tax should lead to a reduction in consumption of plastic products. However, the plan led to fierce criticism from dozens of industry associations.

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  • Indonesia May Impose Excise Tax on Plastic Bottles & Packaging

    Indonesia May Impose Excise Tax on Plastic Bottles & Packaging

    The government of Indonesia proposes to impose an excise tax of at least IDR 200 (approx. USD $0.02) on plastic bottles and packaging. This proposal is part of talks about revisions to the 2016 State Budget (APNB-P 2016). Later this week, the government will discuss the matter with Indonesia's House of Representatives (DPR). Around the globe several countries (including Great Britain and India) have imposed such an excise tax on plastic bottles and packages, both for additional tax revenue and as a measure to protect the environment.

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  • Plastic Industry Indonesia: Exports Declined in 2015

    Plastic Industry Indonesia: Exports Declined in 2015

    Indonesia's exports of plastics and plastic products fell 18.5 percent year-on-year (y/y) in 2015 to USD $2.25 billion from USD $2.76 billion in the preceding year. This decline was caused by weak global demand for plastic, falling selling prices and the low competitiveness of Indonesia's plastics and plastic products. Also in terms of volume Indonesia's plastic exports declined. Based on the latest data from Indonesia's Trade Ministry, the nation's plastics export volume fell 5.58 percent (y/y) to 1.39 million tons last year.

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  • Food & Beverage Industry Indonesia: Rising Consumption on Ramadan & Idul Fitri

    Food & Beverage Industry Indonesia: Rising Consumption on Ramadan & Idul Fitri

    Turnover in Indonesia's processed food and beverage industry is expected to rise 10 percent (m/m) to IDR 440 trillion (approx. USD $32.4 billion) in the second quarter of 2016 from IDR 400 trillion in the preceding quarter. This growth is expected to come on the back of Islamic celebrations (Ramadan and Idul Fitri) that always trigger rising consumption. Although the Ramadan is the holy fasting month for Muslims - implying a focus on self-control - dinner and early breakfast 'parties' boost turnover in the nation's food and beverage industry.

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  • Impack Pratama Industri's Successful IPO on the Indonesia Stock Exchange

    Newly listed Impack Pratama Industri, a leading Indonesia-based building materials and plastics manufacturer, expects its net profit to grow by 10 percent in 2015 from this year’s estimated IDR 280-290 billion (roughly USD $22.8 million). Net revenue is expected to grow 10-15 percent from an estimated IDR 1.60 trillion (USD $128 million) this year. The company conducted an initial public offering (IPO) on the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) earlier this week in a move to finance further business expansion.

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