Indonesia- the 4th most populated country in the world and one of the largest economies in Southeast Asia decreased its imports in recent years, but it still relies on significant volumes of imports of cereals, dairy products, beef and fruits.
Indonesia is expected to become the world’s fourth-largest economy by 2050 due to its constant economic growth and a population that is over 273 million in 2020.
Closet o 75% of Indonesia’s total imports were purchased from fellow Asian countries. European nations supplied 9.5% of import purchases, while 6.5% worth of goods originated from North America. Smaller percentages of overall Indonesian imports came from Australia and other Oceanian regions (3.6%), Africa (3.4%) and Latin America (2%).
Even if Indonesia produces a wide range of tropical fruits, there was an increase in demand for imported fresh fruits. Among these fruits: pears, mandarins, apples, grapes and cherries, were the most searched for.
The import value for this category reached US$1.2 billion and the main suppliers were: China, Thailand and Australia.
As Indonesia has a large Muslim population, the consumption of meat is focused on the allowed varieties, such as beef. Demand for beef is high and has been rising by 29% in 2019 from the previous year.
The imports, valued at US$725 million, came from Australia, with 47% share, India-39%, U.S.-7% and New Zeeland, with 6%. Imported values reached 211,042 tons, signaling major opportunities for meat producers from around the world.
Indonesia is a net importer when it comes to cereals. The country cannot sustain the high demand for wheat, rice and corn.
Wheat imports for 2019/20 are estimated to decrease to 10.8 million tons to reflect lower wheat flour for food consumption as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, compared to the previous estimate of 11.0 million tons. In 2019, the country imported US$2,164 million worth of wheat.
When it comes to corn and rice, Indonesia’s imports came mainly from Argentina (89%), Brazil (10%), and the United States (1%).
Dairy Products Imports
Over the past five years, the demand for imported dairy products has increased by approx 5 percent annually, triggered by low local milk production and healthy lifestyle trends.
In 2018, Indonesia imported 514,708 tons, worth USUS$1.2 billion with major categories including powdered milk, lactose, whey protein, butter and fresh cheese. The major suppliers were New Zeeland, U.S., Australia, France and the Netherlands.
Food Importers from Indonesia:
- CV Libra Food Service
Address: Jl. Bandengan Utara No. 21, Jakarta
- Bahana Gourmet Indonesia
Address: Jl. Taman Giri No. 09, Nusa Dua
- Franz Deli
Address: Jl. M.h. Thamrin 61, Semarang Tengah, Kota Semaran
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