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Indonesia: New simplified import procedures

Oene MarseilleEmir Nurmansyah

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 licences.

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

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