In December 2009, the government of Indonesia announced a change in import formalities.



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Indonesian National Single Window. (2010). Regulation 22/M-DAG/PER/5/2010. Available at

Inception date: 01 Sep 2010 | Removal date: 30 Sep 2015

Import-related non-tariff measure, nes

From 1 September 2010, a wide range of goods falling under a total of 290 HS Codes (6-digit level) that are imported to be sold within Indonesia must be labelled in the Indonesian language Bahasa. With regulation 22/M-DAG/PER/5/2010, the Indonesian Ministry of Trade demands that description, ingredients, as well as side effect, are given in the local language. Goods subject to the new regulation are enumerated in the appendices of the document.
Exempted from this mandate are goods sold in bulk and packaged directly in front of the consumer. Also, intermediate goods to be further manufactured in Indonesia as well as raw materials do not have to be labelled.
In order to receive import clearance, importers must submit a sample of the Indonesian label to the Ministry of Trade. The decision shall be announced within 5 days of this submission. A specific product once certified for import need not be certified again until its composition changes.

This regulation was revoked by regulation 73/M-DAG/PER/9/2015 on 1 October 2015 (cf. Related state acts) and is thus no longer classified as implemented.

Inception date: No inception date

Import-related non-tariff measure, nes

Before regulation 22/M-DAG/PER/5/2010 came into force 1 September 2010, regulation 62/M-DAG/PER/12/2009 was introduced on 21 December 2009. It introduced the mandatory labelling requirement for 377 products at the 6-digit HS code level and was going to come into force on 21 December 2010.

However, the regulation 22/M-DAG/PER/5/2010 revoked the previous 2009 regulation. Instead, it cut the number of products classified at the 6-digit HS code that required mandatory labelling to 290 (while adding 8 new ones to the list). But it also sped up the implementation process from December to September 2010.

Hence, for nearly a 100 products, the Indonesian government announced a mandatory labelling requirement only to revoke it five months later. Given that the importers of these nearly 100 products had already incurred some form of adjustment costs, this second intervention was created to signal the trade costs incurred for these products. Nevertheless, since the labelling requirement never actually went into force, this intervention does not include an inception date.