Indonesia to block smartphones purchased on black market

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia has issued regulations to allow authorities to block smartphones purchased on the black market, in a bid to encourage investors to produce mobile phones in the country, a minister said on Friday. Indonesia is a large market for mobile phone producers, with 60 millions phones sold every year. Indonesians travelling abroad can only bring back two mobile phones and will have to pay appropriate value added taxes. The rules will only be applied to phones imported after the rules were signed on Friday. In addition, manufacturer PT Sat Nusaperada could benefit if more mobile phones are assembled locally.

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