The Ministry of Trade of Indonesia has issued a new
regulation in an attempt to simplify and clarify the import
requirements as regards certain goods, including: food and
beverages, 'traditional' medicines and health supplements,
cosmetics, household first-aid kits, footwear, electronic
devices, and toys.
Under the new regulation, the import of the goods mentioned
above may be done only through certain designated ports of
entry. Those ports are: Cikarang dry port, Belawan (Medan),
Tanjung Priok (Jakarta), Tanjung Emas (Semarang), Tanjung Perak
(Surabaya), Soekarno Hatta (Makassar), Dumai, Jayapura,
Tarakan, Krueng Geukuh (North Aceh), Bitung, Kualanamu (Deli
Serdang), Soekarno Hatta (Jakarta), Ahmad Yani (Semarang),
Juanda (Surabaya), and Hasanuddin (Makassar).
Although the prospective importer of the products mentioned
above would still be required to obtain a general importer
identification number (Angka Pengenal Importir Umum),
the new regulation abolished the previous requirement of
obtaining a registered importer of restricted products number
(IT – Produk Tertentu).
The new regulation however, requires a verification or
technical examination of the restricted products at the port of
entry by a 'surveyor'. The surveyor is to take note of the
products' country of origin, date of shipment, port of
designation, harmonised system code, the Indonesian national
standard labels certification (Nomor Sertifikasi Produk
Penggunaan Tanda Standar Nasional Indonesia), if required,
and certificate of analysis (for certain products only).
Products that fail the verification and technical
examination process may have to be re-exported. The importer
would have to cover the re-exportation cost. Sanctions for
repeat violators include suspension or revocation of import
The new regulation stated that it would be effective from
November 1 2015 and would be 're-evaluated' within one year of
the effective date. However, we understand that the Ministry of
Trade has decided to push back the effective date to January 1
2016 for unspecified reasons.
Oene Marseille and Emir Nurmansyah