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The Covid-19 Pandemic, Paper Exports to Japan Are Wide Open

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JAKARTA – The potential for exports of Indonesian forestry industry products from the upstream-downstream sector to Japan is still wide open. However, it still has to comply with strict environmental preservation regulations in Japan. The Indonesian Ambassador to Tokyo, Heri Akhmadi, said that Indonesia was one of the top three exporters of paper products to Japan. With a 13 percent share and competing with China, the United States, Finland and South Korea.

In connection with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the pulp and paper industry. Heri emphasized that in the cooperation of the upstream-downstream forestry industry. Indonesia-Japan, it is necessary to improve coordination, communication and attention to local communities.

SDGs Becomes a Tool for Indonesia-Japan Cooperation

“SDGs are not only about economic and ecological development but also about society. The SDGs will help people or local communities get a better life while protecting forests and biodiversity,” said Heri in a statement received by Media Monday (14/12).

Chairman of the Indonesian Forest Entrepreneurs Association (APHI). Who is also Chair of the Indonesian Forestry Community Communication Forum (FKMPI). Indroyono Soesilo said that the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in exports of Indonesian forestry products to Japan for the January-November 2020 period dropping 15 percent from 1.24 USD billion in 2019 to USD 1.06 billion this year.

“Especially for paper products, exports to Japan in January-November 2020 reached US $ 307 million. Down 14 percent compared to exports in 2019 in the same period which reached US $ 357 million.

To increase pulp and paper exports to Japan, Indroyono explained, consumers in Japan have a high preference for the environment. It needs to convinced that pulp and paper in Indonesia are products whose raw materials come from sustainable plantations. In addition, it has also been certified through the Timber Legality Verification System. As well as voluntary schemes such as the Program for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).

Japan Interested in Investing Much in the Paper Industry Sector

KLHK Production Forest Business Director Istanto stated that in Indonesia there are 293 Industrial Plantation Forest Business Units (HTI). As many as 75 percent of them supply raw materials for 10 Pulp and Paper Industries in the country, four of which are Japanese investment.

“Japanese investment for the pulp and paper HTI business sector needs to be further developed in the future,” he said.

Meanwhile, Executive Director of the Indonesian Pulp & Paper Association (APKI), Liana Bratasida, stated that 50 percent of the raw material for paper comes from plantation forests and the remaining 50 percent is recycled paper.

In addition, Liana added, various mandatory regulations and certificates such as SVLK (Legal Timber) and PHPL Certificates. As well as voluntary certificates such as Ecolabel, IFCC / PFCC, Green Industry Standard, and Green Public Procurement.  Already owned by pulp and paper producers in Indonesia.

“These all also support the SDGs, and hoped that, through these quality and international standard products, Indonesian paper and pulp products can enter the Japanese market without hindrance, such as entering the Tokyo Metropolitan Government which has started implementing the 2020 Revision of Green Procurement Policy,” he said.

 

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