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Written by Maizer   
Saturday, 11 August 2018

At present, Indonesia's market share for all textile and garment imports in the US is only around 4.5%, far smaller than China which is around 26%.

 

Indonesia is targeting a portion of the market share of Chinese textile and textile products in the United States (US) market as the trade war situation escalates between the two countries. To achieve this target, one of its efforts was through negotiations to increase trade between Indonesia and the United States, which was also attended by the Minister of Trade Enggartiasto Lukita at the end of July.

 

At the end of last month, the Indonesian Textile Association (API) and the American Apprael & Footwear Association (AAFA) held a meeting facilitated by the Indonesian government.

 

One of the discussions mentioned at the meeting was about increasing trade between the two countries, one of which was an effort to increase Indonesia's textile commodity exports to replace Chinese products.

 

Enggar said the increase in textile exports would be accompanied by imports of cotton from the US. "We ask that our export market be prioritized because the price is definitely cheaper than China," he said in Jakarta on Monday (6/8).

 

According to Enggar, Indonesia's market share of all textile and garment imports in the US is only around 4.5%. Meanwhile, China which is in a trade war situation with the US has a market share of up to 26%.

 

He explained, US and Indonesian trade relations are strategic partnerships that are mutually beneficial. "Our arrival in the US is to absorb products that they find difficult to sell, but we also ask them to absorb Indonesian products," Enggar said.

 

According to him, since the rolling trade war there were difficulties in marketing or getting goods because China imposed a high tariff.

 

In addition to textiles, Indonesia also wants to take advantage of the US and Chinese trade wars to further increase trade in steel and aluminum products. Because, Indonesia's steel market share in the US is very small with a percentage of only 0.23%.

 

Therefore, he also asked that Indonesia be excluded from the implementation of the increase in tariffs on imports of iron and aluminum products. The reason is that Indonesian steel and aluminum are not competitors of local products in the US. "Indonesia's steel and aluminum iron production is different from that produced in the US and its market share is different," Enggar said.

 

Enggar also mentioned during his visit to the US, he also held meetings with the US Chamber of Commerce, Boeing, US-INDO, US Department of Commerce, US Department of Agriculture, and the US parliament. The Indonesian side also met with the United State of Trade Representative (USTR) Ambassador.

 

The US and Chinese trade wars are heating up. Finally, China made threats to the US regarding the imposition of new tariffs for 5,200 US products worth US $ 60 billion. It was a response to China after the United States first threatened to consider the imposition of higher tariffs on Chinese goods totaling US $ 200 billion. The White House secretary had earlier said the new tariff was in response to China's trade policy called "unfair".

 

The war on import duty tariffs eventually prevented the agreement from the two sides' talks that were held this spring.

 

Perang Dagang, RI Incar Pasar Produk Tekstil Tiongkok di AS

 

Saat ini, pangsa pasar Indonesia untuk keseluruhan impor tekstil dan garmen di AS hanya sekitar 4,5%, jauh lebih kecil dibanding Tiongkok yang sekitar 26%.

 

Indonesia mengincar  sebagian pangsa pasar komoditas tekstil dan produk tekstil milik Tiongkok di pasar Amerika Serikat (AS) seiring memanasnya situasi perang dagang antar kedua negara tersebut. Untuk mencapai target tersebut, salah satu upayanya melalui negosiasi peningkatan perdagangan antara Indonesia dan Amerika yang turut dihadiri Menteri Perdagangan Enggartiasto Lukita pada akhir Juli lalu.

 

Pada akhir bulan lalu, Asosiasi Pertekstilan Indonesia (API) dan American Apprael & Footwear Association (AAFA) telah menggelar pertemuan yang difasilitasi pemerimtah Indonesia.

 

Salah satu pembahasan yang disebut dalam pertemuan itu yakni mengenai peningkatan perdaganga antara kedua negara, salah satunya upaya meningkatkan ekspor komoditas tekstil Indonesia untuk menggantikan produk Tiongkok.

 

Enggar mengungkapkan peningkatan ekspor tekstil bakal dibarengi dengan impor kapas dari AS. “Kita minta pasar ekspor kita diprioritaskan karena harganya pasti lebih murah dibandingkan Tiongkok,” kata dia di Jakarta, Senin (6/8).

 

Menurut Enggar, pangsa pasar Indonesia terhadap keseluruhan impor tekstil dan garmen di AS hanya sekitar 4,5%. Sementara itu, Tiongkok yang berada dalam situasi perang dagang dengan AS memiliki pangsa pasar hingga 26%.

 

Dia menjelaskan, hubungan perdagangan AS dan Indonesia adalah kemitraan strategis yang saling menguntungkan. "Kedatangan kami ke AS untuk menyerap produk yang menurut mereka sulit jual, tetapi kami minta tolong juga mereka menyerap produk Indonesia,” ujar Enggar.

 

Menurutnya, sejak perang dagang bergulir ada kesulitan memasarkan atau mendapatkan barang karena Tiongkok  mengenakan tarif yang tinggi.

 

Selain tekstil,  Indonesia juga ingin memanfaatkan perang dagang AS dan Tiongkok untuk lebih meningkatkan perdagangan produk besi baja dan aluminium. Sebab, pangsa pasar baja Indonesia di AS sangat kecil dengan persentase hanya 0,23%.

 

Karenanya, dia pun meminta meminta Indonesia dikecualikan dari pemberlakuan kenaikan tarif impor produk besi baja dan aluminium. Alasannya, besi baja dan aluminium Indonesia bukan pesaing produk lokal di AS. “Besi baja dan aluminium produksi Indonesia berbeda dengan yang diproduksi di AS dan pangsa pasarnya berbeda,” kata Enggar.

 

 
		
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