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Textile Entrepreneurs Request Gas Prices Decrease Below $ 6 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Maizer   
Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Domestic textile entrepreneurs asked the government to lower the price of gas as raw material for the industry. Gas prices are pegged currently still too expensive to make the domestic industry is not competitive. Chairman of the Indonesian Textile Association (API), Ade Sudrajat said the textile industry is currently facing problems in the external side.


In this case geographically most distant Indonesia compared to other competitor countries, thus making the logistics costs become higher.To overcome this, there should be an improvement on the internal side, namely a decrease in gas prices. Thus, the high logistics costs can be offset by a decrease in the price of industrial gases.


"The solution should be improvements in the internal side in this case the association had requested that energy costs can be reduced as gas prices below $ 6, and electricity under the price of a competitor," he said in Jakarta, Thursday (23/03/2017).


Besides about the price of gas, which is still an obstacle for players in this industry is the problem of machinery that makes the production process becomes inefficient. Currently, said Ade, 87 percent of the textile machinery industry has not been restructured.


"If everything has been restructured to make the competitiveness of the textile industry for the better," he said.


Yet amid the many problems in the textile industry, expectations are promising for local industry players to increase its exports to other countries, particularly the United States (US). This is in line with the wishes of the US Ambassador to Indonesia, Joseph R Donovan JR to boost industrial cooperation the US and Indonesia.


During this time, the US is the main supplier of raw materials for the cotton Indonesia. The value of US cotton exports to Indonesia reached US $ 350 million in 2016. This figure is the largest compared to other countries.


"This is certainly a positive impact for Indonesia with a wider job creation," said Joseph.


Meanwhile, Director General of Chemical, Textile and Miscellaneous of the Ministry of Industry (Ministry of Industry) Dwiwahjono Achmad Sigit said the government plans to accelerate an agreement between Indonesia and the US. It is hoped Indonesia can directly import cotton from the US and have easy to export of finished textile products.


"The goal is to facilitate small and medium industry (SMI) to obtain raw materials at affordable prices," said Sigit.


For information, total imports of cotton Indonesia worth US $ 1.4 billion per year, 60 percent of which was imported by the domestic textile industry directly through the port of Tanjung Priok. While another 40 percent is taken from a special cotton warehouse in Malaysia.



Pengusaha Tekstil Meminta Harga Gas Turun Dibawah US$6



Pengusaha tekstil dalam negeri meminta pemerintah menurunkan harga gas sebagai bahan baku industri ini. Harga gas yang dipatok saat ini dinilai masih terlalu mahal sehingga membuat industri di dalam negeri tidak berdaya saing.


Ketua Asosiasi Pertekstilan Indonesia (API), Ade Sudrajat mengungkapkan, industri tekstil  saat ini menghadapi persoalan di sisi eksternal. Dalam hal ini dari segi geografis Indonesia lokasinya paling jauh dibandingkan negara-negara pesaing, sehingga membuat biaya logistik menjadi lebih tinggi.


Untuk mengatasi hal tersebut, maka harus ada pembenahan dari sisi internal yaitu berupa penurunan harga gas. Dengan demikian, tingginya biaya logistik ini bisa dikompensasi dengan penurunan harga gas industri.


"Solusinya harus ada perbaikan di sisi internal dalam hal ini asosiasi telah meminta agar biaya energi dapat ditekan seperti harga gas di bawah US$ 6, serta listrik di bawah harga pesaing," ujar dia di Jakarta, Kamis (23/3/2017).


Selain soal harga gas, yang masih menjadi kendala bagi pelaku industri ini yaitu masalah permesinan yang membuat proses produksi menjadi tidak efisien. Saat ini, kata Ade, 87 persen mesin industri tekstil belum direstrukturisasi.


"Kalau semuanya sudah direstrukturisasi akan membuat daya saing industri tekstil menjadi lebih baik," kata dia.


Namun di tengah banyaknya persoalan di industri tekstil, ada harapan yang menjanjikan bagi pelaku industri lokal untuk meningkatkan ekspornya ke negara lain, khususnya Amerika Serikat (AS). Hal ini seiring dengan keinginan‎ Duta Besar AS untuk Indonesia, Joseph R Donovan JR untuk mendorong peningkatan kerja sama industri AS dan Indonesia.


Selama ini, AS merupakan pemasok utama bahan baku kapas bagi Indonesia. Nilai ekspor kapas AS ke Indonesia mencapai US$ 350 juta di 2016. Angka tersebut merupakan terbesar dibanding negara lain.


"Hal ini tentunya memberikan dampak positif bagi Indonesia dengan terciptanya lapangan kerja lebih luas," ungkap Joseph.


Sementara itu, Direktur Jenderal Industri Kimia, Tekstil, dan Aneka Kementerian Perindustrian (Kemenperin) Achmad Sigit Dwiwahjono menyatakan pemerintah berencana mempercepat adanya kesepakatan antara Indonesia dan AS. Dengan demikian diharapkan Indonesia dapat langsung mengimpor kapas dari AS dan mendapatkan kemudahan untuk ekspor produk tekstil jadi.


"Tujuannya untuk mempermudah pelaku industri kecil dan menengah (IKM) mendapatkan bahan baku dengan harga yang terjangkau," ujar Sigit.


Sebagai informasi, total impor kapas Indonesia senilai US$ 1,4 miliar per tahun, 60 persen di antaranya didatangkan oleh industri tekstil dalam negeri secara langsung melalui pelabuhan Tanjung Priok. Sementara 40 persen lainnya diambil dari gudang khusus kapas di Malaysia.‎

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