ANNOUNCEMENT 23 Dec 2015In December 2015, the government of Indonesia announced a rule change for import registration.
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Ministry of Trade regulation 118/M-DAG/PER/12/2015 (in Bahasa Indonesia)
Ministry of Trade regulation 70/M-DAG/PER/9/2015 (in Bahasa Indonesia)
Ministry of Industry regulation 19/M-IND/PER/3/2016 (in Bahasa Indonesia)
Secondary sources on the inconsistency
On 23 December 2015, the Indonesian Ministry of Trade passed regulation 118/M-DAG/PER/12/2015 loosening the restrictions for API-P (producer's import license) holders to import manufactured goods. Whereas previously manufactured goods could be imported for market testing and as complimentary goods (cf. Related Measures), the regulation at hand allows also the import of goods related to after-sales services.
Article 1(6) defines these goods in greater detail as "manufactured goods imported by entities holding an API-P with the intent of ensuring the availability of spare parts, replacement products, and the replacement of goods related to the main product" (own translation).
According to article 6 of the regulation, the goods need to be in new condition, cannot yet be produced by an API-P (cf. above) holder in the country or the goods' availability is restricted in the Indonesian market and the importer possesses the required API-P and industry-specific import permits.
Furthermore, the importer will require an import approval from the Director General at the Trade Ministry (art. 7).
With these new provisions in place, the regulation resolves an inconsistency that arose when the Ministry issued regulation 70/M-DAG/PER/9/2015 in September 2015 (cf. Related Measures). The September regulation no longer covered the possibility of producers importing manufactured goods for market testing and as complimentary goods. Regulation 118/M-DAG/PER/12/2015 resolves this issue before the former regulation comes into force (also on 1 January 2016).
The regulation came into force on 1 January 2016.
On 22 March 2016, the Indonesian Ministry of Industry published regulation 19/M-IND/PER/3/2016 specifying the regulation above, including for how long each product type may be imported (cf. Sources).