Indonesia import policy has been updated!

The Indonesian Government has enacted Trade Regulation Adjustment No. 36 of 2023 on Import Quotas and Import Licenses (apis) in order to strengthen the control of import trade.

The regulations will officially take effect on March 11, 2024, and the relevant enterprises involved need to pay attention in time.


1.import quotas
After the adjustment of the new regulations, more products will need to apply for PI import approval. In the new regulations, annual imports must apply for PI quota import approval. There are the following 15 new products:
1. Traditional medicines and health products
2. Electronic products
3. cosmetics, furniture supplies
4. Textiles and other finished products
5. Footwear
6. Clothing and accessories
7. Bag
8. Textile Batik and Batik patterns
9. plastic raw materials
10. Harmful substances
11. Hydrofluorocarbons
12. Some chemical products
13. Valve
14. steel, alloy steel and its derivatives
15. Used products and equipment

2.import license
Import License (API) is a mandatory requirement of the Indonesian government for enterprises engaged in importing goods locally in Indonesia, and is limited to the goods permitted by the enterprise import license.

There are two main types of import licenses in Indonesia, namely General Import License (API-U) and Manufacturer Import License (API-P). The new regulation mainly expands the sales scope of the manufacturer’s import license (API-P) by adding four types of imported product sales.
1. Surplus raw materials or auxiliary materials

2. Capital goods in a new state at the time of initial import and used by the company for not more than two years

3. for market testing or after-sales service and other supplies of finished products

4. Goods sold or transferred by the holder of the oil and gas processing business license or the holder of the oil and gas trading business license.

In addition, the new regulations also stipulate that only the headquarters of a company can apply for and hold an import license (API); A branch is only allowed to hold an import license (API) if it engages in business activities similar to those of its head office.

2.other industries
Indonesia’s import trade policy in 2024 will also be updated and adjusted in various industries such as cosmetics, mining and electric vehicles.

From October 17, 2024, Indonesia will implement mandatory halal certification requirements for food and beverage products.
From October 17, 2026, Class A medical devices, including traditional medicines, cosmetics, chemical products and genetically modified products, as well as clothing, household appliances and office supplies, will be included in the scope of halal certification.

Electric vehicle industry as a popular product in Indonesia in recent years, the Indonesian government in order to attract more foreign investment to enter, also launched a financial incentive policy.
According to regulations, the relevant pure electric vehicle enterprises are exempt from paying import duties. If the pure electric vehicle is a vehicle import type, the government will bear the luxury sales tax in the sale process; In the case of assembled import types, the government will bear the sales tax on luxury goods during the import process.

In recent years, the Indonesian government has taken a series of measures to restrict the export of minerals such as nickel, bauxite and tin in order to encourage the development of local manufacturing. There are also plans to ban the export of tin ore in 2024.


Post time: Mar-05-2024