Garment smuggling into Indonesia is on the rise because of lax law enforcement, according to a textile association leader.

Ernovian G Ismy, executive secretary of the Indonesian Textile Association, told Antara that smuggling from Asian countries including China, Singapore, South Korea and India has increased in the past few years.

"Our garment production and imports are low, while consumption remains high," he told Antara.

This leads to smuggling activity, he argued, which in turn makes it hard for small- and medium-sized businesses to compete.

According to Ismy, the Indonesian government has been sluggish in tackling smuggling activity despite having the means to crack down on it.

Import checks and strict port-to-port manifest regulations could help as well as more severe sentencing for smugglers, he added.