RI Sees Soaring China-Imported Mining Trucks Amid Falling Local Sales

Mining Truck

The Chairman of the Indonesian Automotive Manufacturers Association (Gaikindo), Yohanes Nangoi, asserts that the importation of trucks from China is growing significantly. According to him, these trucks are primarily utilized for mining operations and, thus, exempt from re-registration fees. Consequently, the prices offered by Chinese truck suppliers represent off-the-road rates substantially lower than on-the-road prices for new trucks from domestic manufacturers.

Yohanes points out a flaw in the prevailing regulations governing vehicle imports, adversely affecting the domestic industry. He also emphasizes that trucks entering Indonesia should, at a minimum, adhere to Euro4 emission standards. Failure to comply with these regulations renders the imported trucks ineligible for operational use. "This is what we are striving to prevent," he stated on Feb 7. Yohanes also highlights the sluggishness in the truck market as business owners exercise caution in making commercial vehicle purchases after the COVID-19 pandemic.

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