New Regulations, Threatened Coffee Exports in Indonesia
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New Regulations, Threatened Coffee Exports in Indonesia. The export of Indonesian coffee and agricultural commodities to European Union countries is in danger of being disrupted following the latest regulation regarding the maximum limit of pesticide residues which will take effect on November 13, 2020.
Exports of Indonesian coffee commodities
In the European Union Commission Regulation Number 2020/1085 which was passed on 23 July 2020 and revised Regulation Number 396/2005 concerning the Maximum Residue Limit of Chlorpyrifos and Chlorpyrifos-methyl in Food Products, the European Commission agreed to lower the residual content limit from 0.05 mg initially / kg of a product becomes 0.01 mg/kg.
These changes were made following findings of the health effects of these residues on the possibility of genetic and neurological damage to consumers. With the enactment of this rule, member countries must withdraw the distribution of products that do not meet the criteria, this also applies to countries that supply food products as of November 13.
Head of Specialty Coffee
Chairman of the Coffee Specialty and Industry Division of the Indonesian Coffee Exporters and Industry Association (AEKI) Moelyono Soesilo stated that this regulation is a threat to the continuation of Indonesian coffee exports because not all production centers have laboratories that can measure the levels of chlorpyrifos and chlorpyrifos-methyl according to the standards set by the destination country.
Moelyono said that exporters cannot rely solely on measurements when the product arrives at the destination country because the product will be sent back to the country of origin if it is proven that it does not meet the standards. He mentioned that the return shipping costs were borne by the exporter alone.
Indonesia’s coffee exports will decline
If the Ministry of Agriculture or the Ministry of Trade does not immediately prepare laboratory test facilities capable of measuring these standards, Indonesian exports will automatically decline or stop. According to him, Indonesia is still far from being ready to face these conditions when compared to other coffee suppliers such as Vietnam and Brazil.
The government is setting up coffee production facilities
Therefore, he urged the government to immediately prepare test facilities at production centers or at ports of product delivery such as in Lampung, North Sumatra, West Java, Central Java, and East Java.
As quoted from the European Commission website, chlorpyrifos and chlorpyrifos-methyl are insecticides used to control insect pests in various plants. Chlorpyrifos-methyl is also used to process cereal grains stored in warehouses.
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