Indonesia says it is still on track with world trade guidelines following the release yesterday of new deregulation measures. Three top-ranking ministers jointly announced the steps, which include a timetable for further tariff reductions, elimination of surcharges and simplification of import-export procedures. They also announced a war on dumping with proposals for dumping tariffs and equal tariffs on subsidised goods, and a so-called Anti-Dumping Committee of Indonesia to research the problem. However, they warned several categories would be excluded from the schedule for tariff reductions, including some agricultural commodities as well as certain automotive, chemical, plastic, metal and alcohol products. They did not specify which. The package follows heavy criticism in recent months over surprise policy shifts in the automotive and plastics industries which many alleged favoured indigenous monopolies. 'This package clearly shows the consistency of the Indonesian Government in implementing the agreements of WTO, AFTA and APEC [World Trade Organisation, Asian Free Trade Area and Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation forum],' the co-ordinating minister for economic, finance and industry, Saleh Afiff said. Mr Afiff was accompanied by the Minister for Industry and Trade, Tunky Ariwibowo and the Minister of Finance, Mar'ie Muhammad. The measures included a series of steps designed to help the agricultural industry. Reductions in tariffs on 385 capital goods included those on outboard motors and agricultural machinery 'specially designed for use in the paddy fields'. Import licences on some items also have been changed to eliminate local content requirements. This includes those for soyabeans, of which the government-run Logistics Bureau (BULOG) is the sole importer. Other goods benefitting from licence changes are diesel machinery, electric motors and generators and tractors. Surcharges also were officially eliminated, although many were added to existing tariffs. 'The definition of surcharge is not found in customs law. Therefore we have taken steps to eliminate the existing surcharges,' the government said yesterday. 'However, for a certain number of products . . . the existing surcharge is cumulatively included in the tariff rate.' On dumping, Mr Afiff said: 'The anti-dumping committee will investigate and propose any steps needed, including lending assistance to Indonesian exporters struck by dumping allegations.' Other measures include moves to streamline and simplify export procedures such as the elimination of an inspection of export goods by a surveyor before shipping. Certificates of origin for export goods also will be simplified from 31 types to four and an acceleration of customs, tax and banking incentives will be offered to exporters meeting certain criteria. Foreign investment manufacturers also will be offered a series of incentives. 'To accelerate the growth of non-oil imports, some dispensation in import and own-product-sales activity up to the wholesale level will be offered to the PMA [foreign investment] manufacturing companies,' the government said. On tariff reduction schedules, which the package laid out for the first time yesterday, officials again emphasised commitment to consistent and transparent policy making. 'This [the schedule] will ensure the business community knows in advance of future schedules for tariff reduction,' it said.