"What we are asking for is the revision of Permendag No. 64/2017 and the improvement of imports through the PLB as well as safeguard protection for upstream to downstream products like the Turkish government," Redma said

According to him the culprit of the poor performance of the textile and textile products (TPT) industry over the past year is the Regulation of the Minister of Trade No. 64/2017 concerning Amendments to the Minister of Trade Regulation No. 85/2015 concerning Provisions on the Import of Textiles and Textile Products.

According to him, before the regulation was issued, imports had flooded the domestic market. The condition of being increasingly critical after the regulation took effect.

Over the past year, the growth of TPT imports was said to have experienced the worst surge in the last 5 years, namely 13.8%, while exports only rose by 0.9%.

"Previously, those who were allowed to import API-P [import-manufacturer identification numbers] only, now API-U [general import identification numbers] may import through the Bonded Logistics Center (PLB) and the rules in the PLB are unclear. All items can enter the PLB, so it's too far. "

He said the sector hardest hit by imported goods was the fabric manufacturing sector, while the sector that was still quite good was the most downstream industry or apparel industry.

According to him, APSyFI basically appreciates the government's performance in encouraging the downstream sector to produce apparel through the provision of skilled labor so that the growth of the garment industry is still quite good.

However, his party demanded the government to pay attention to the upstream and intermediate sectors, because problems in the fabric-making sector were an obstacle to performance in the yarn, fiber, and petrochemical production sectors that produce fiber raw materials.

APSyFI and the Indonesian Textile Association (API) agreed that the domestic market be addressed so that domestic producers can enjoy growing demand.

Meanwhile, Achmad Sigit Dwiwahjono, Director General of the Chemical, Pharmaceutical and Textile Industry (IKFT) of the Ministry of Industry, said that the textile industry has decreased by around 1% because of the many imports of raw materials entering during the first 3 months of this year.

Even though in the last quarter of last year the sector was still able to grow by 6%. One of the concerns of the Ministry of Industry is imports that enter through bonded logistics centers.