I don't know what all the fuss is about? What's all this pointing fingers and shouting "corrupt"??
In my honest opinion, the customs officials have a job to do, and they are doing it... preventing anything illegal from entering the country and a shrimp (or anything live for that matter) should go thru the propper channels, have propper clearance and health certificates issued by the propper authorities. Why should there be any exception just for you?
We want our countries to be safer, yet at the same time we want exceptions for ourselves? That's a bit selfish isn't it?
To digress, if you think the Indonesian customs are bad, maybe you should go to Australia!
A lady was arrested at the airport bringing in some exotic plecos and dragged through the slammer and court. I believe the final penalty fine was around about a six figure sum in Australia. If you ever try sending a parcel even by post or courier with live fish, (or even plant, or soil for that matter), I'd say 99% of the time, the Australian customs will pick it up and issue the person you were trying to send to with a warning and possibly even a hefty fine. It it is contraband, it is contraband.... I'm sorry, but your mail is NOT private if it is illegal.
I have been in the international ornamental fish trade long enough to know a few things. Indonesia is a net tropical fish exporting country. In order to import live tropical fish (or shrimp for that matter), there are many many hurdles and hoops to jump thru, many government departments to deal with, and lots of tariffs and taxes to pay. So, for those that do jump the hurdles I see no problem why they'd not want to protect their interest. If they decide that they don't want to sell locally (in order to protect their own interest) and only for export, that is their perogative.
If you are a hobbyist in that country, I sympathise with you, but if you REALLY must have something then all I can say is, "Money talks. Bull**** walks".
U either bite the bullet, get the propper government approval to import and bring it in legally yourself; OR travel elsewhere and *smuggle* the contraband in yourself (and if you do get caught, don't winge! It was illegal anyway so be prepared to face the consequenses.); OR pay whatever is asked to get it locally (black market). It's THAT simple. If that doesn't fit with you, then move to another country.:icon_roll
Peter, I'm sorry, but your issue is a non-issue to me. What price terrorism??
Mind you, I know for a fact that in Australia, the going rate for C grade CRS is a mind boggling AUD$50/pc, "A" grades go for more than double that!! Hemianthus
callictrichoides "Cuba" cost around about AUD$100 for 2square inches!!... and that's the way it is.