20-30% of the textiles imported into the Tanah Abang retail market are believed to have entered Indonesia illegally, according to Jakarta Retailers Association chairman Haris MM.

Smuggled textiles and garments are also a problem for the Mangga Dua retail market in Central Jakarta, Antara reported, citing the chairman. In that market, about 40% of garments are said to be smuggled and 60% of textiles.

According to Haris, the majority of smuggled textiles are from China, South Korea, India and Thiland.

The illegal trade is hurting domestic manufacturers, he pointed out, calling on the government to control tightly bonded areas and special economic zones.

Illegal transhipments of textiles and apparel through Indonesia has also been a problem and recently prompted a Memorandum of Understanding with the US which aims to tackle this.