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Indonesia to import 75,000 tons of salt from Australia

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The government of Indonesia has issued an import permit for state-owned salt producer PT Garam to import 75,000 tons of raw salt material from Australia.

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The salt will enter Indonesia through three ports on August 10.

"In 2016, we allocated 226,000 tons of salt imports, so we still have room. When the harvest returns to normal, we will stop importing," the Trade Ministry's foreign trade director general, Oke Nurwan, said in Jakart.

He further said that the government would decide the price of table salt in the retailer market next week.

The ministry hopes that after the import is realized in August, the domestic supply of salt will gradually return to normal.

The Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry’s director general for territorial sea management, Brahmantya Satyamurti, said the amount of domestic salt production was currently far from the normal production of 166,000 tons a month.

“From May to July, salt farmers only managed to produce 6,200 tons, which is far from normal,” he said.

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