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It’s official: Indonesia halts live animal imports from China until virus ‘subsides’

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It’s official: Indonesia halts live animal imports from China until virus ‘subsides’

Jakarta asserted last week that only live animals were subject to the import ban, while other goods shipped in from China would continue as usual. (Bloomberg/File) Indonesia has officially halted imports of live animals from China as the Trade Ministry issued a regulation stipulating the temporary ban, another in a series of government efforts to prevent the coronavirus from spreading to the country.

Trade Ministerial Regulation No. 10/2020 stipulates a temporary import ban on at least 53 animals, ranging from reptiles and mammals to poultry, which has been in force since Feb. 7.

“In response to the outbreak […] the Indonesian government has banned the import of live animals originating from China or transiting in China into Indonesia’s territory,” Trade Minister Agus Suparmanto said in a statement on Thursday as quoted by Antara.

“The restriction is only temporary until the coronavirus epidemic subsides,” he said.

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Among those animals banned from imports are horses, donkeys, mules and hinnies, pigs, sheep, goats, oxen, buffaloes and other types of bovines. Reptiles, including snakes and turtles, are also on the contraband list.

For poultry, the government has banned imports of chickens of the Gallus domesticus species, ducks and geese, turkeys and guinea fowls. Primates, whales, dolphins, seals and sea lions are also banned.

The temporary ban also outlaws animals in traveling circus, traveling menageries, traveling theaters and amusement park animals.Importers are obliged to send back the animals or exterminate them if they arrive at Indonesian ports after the regulation takes effect, Agus said, adding that the cost for the […]

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