Indonesia: The new import regime for finished goods
Indonesia introduced the regulation No. 27/2012 on importer identification numbers (API), which also governs imports of finished goods for importers.
The new regulation does not ban imports of finished goods, but it is more restrictive than the previous regulation in the following two ways. Thus, each general importer is only allowed to import goods that fall under one heading, while the previous decree did not contain such a restriction. The second restrictiveness is the following: an importing producer is allowed to import finished goods for market testing and as complementary goods only.
Now an existing importer has to establish new companies if, in the past, they imported goods under more than one headings as a consequences of the new requirement that a general importer is only allowed to import goods under one heading. This might delay imports of finished goods.
The new regulation also exposes importers and importing producers to discretionary decisions and rulings.
Any Evidence-Based Deliberation:
|Is there anything in the public record to suggest that evidence of the effectiveness of the proposed measure was considered during official deliberations?|
|Is there any evidence that alternatives to the proposed measure were considered?|
|Is there anything in the public record that suggests that empirical evidence informed the comparison across the alternatives available to government?|
|Was such evidence identified?|
|Is such evidence publicly available?|
|Did the official decision-maker in question provide an explanation as to why a chosen measure was favoured over alternatives?|
|Is there any evidence to suggest that potentially affected trading partners were consulted before the measures were taken?|
|Is there any evidence that safeguards have been put in place to ensure that implementation of the initiative is transparent and non-discriminatory?|
|Did the government state its intention to review the measure within one year of implementation?|
Date of inception: 1 Jan 2012
GTA Evaluation: Red
The stricter import regime for finished goods