Gov't Meets Customs and Excise Target

Finance Minister Sri Mulyani and Director General of Customs and Excise Heru Pambudi speak during a press conference on in Jakarta on Saturday (30/12). (Antara Photo/Sigid Kurniawan)

By : Adinda Normala | on 3:25 PM December 31, 2017
Category : Business, Economy

Jakarta. The government has met this year's customs and excise revenue target, thanks to stricter law enforcement, the Ministry of Finance said on Saturday (30/12).

As of Dec. 28, the revenue from customs and excise reached Rp 189 trillion ($15 billion) or  100 percent of the target set in the 2017 revised state budget. Last year, the Directorate General of Customs and Excise collected Rp 178.7 trillion, or 97.2 percent of the target.

"Almost all regional offices reported reaching above 100 percent, so it's a great achievement," Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said.

Tobacco remains the the highest contributor to the excise revenue, at Rp 145 trillion. Alcoholic beverages and ethyl alcohol contributed Rp 5.34 trillion and Rp 150 million, respectively.

Import taxes brought Rp 34.6 trillion to the state's coffers, or just 35 percent of this year's target. Export taxes reached Rp 3.97 trillion, 47 percent more than the government's target.

In the past year, the directorate general increased efforts to boost tax compliance and curb the black market.

As of Dec. 8, it recorded 22,978 customs and excise enforcement cases, a 246 percent increase from 2014. In 2016, 14,890 cases were recorded.

Regarding this year's tax revenue, Sri Mulyani did not reveal the final figure, as it can still increase. The number will be disclosed in a press conference on Jan. 2.

According to the 2017 revised state budget, the government expects Rp 1,284 trillion in taxes, including from customs and excise.

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