ANNOUNCEMENT 10 Jan 2018
On 10 January 2018, the Indonesian Ministry of Trade issued regulation 19/2018 updating its import provisions for lubricating oil.
NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS
Ministry of Trade regulation 19/2018 (in Bahasa Indonesia)
Joint decrees 1905K/34/MEM/2001, 426/KMK.01/2001, and 233/MPP/Kep/7/2001 (in English)
Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs press release (in Bahasa Indonesia)
Secondary Source (in English)
Compared to previous provisions specified in joint decrees 1905K/34/MEM/2001, 426/KMK.01/2001, and 233/MPP/Kep/7/2001, regulation 19/2018 no longer includes any information that " Lubricants with heading numbers 2710.00.920, 2710.00.930, 2710.00.950, 2710.00.990, 3403.11.100, 3403.11.900, 3403.19.000 and 3403.99.000 can be imported by the companies holding general importer's identification number (API-U)".
Hence, the imports of products specified above will no longer require an import license.
The regulation came into force on 1 February 2018.
The regulation 19/2018 by the Ministry of Trade amends the import regulations on lubricating oil classified as 2710.19.41. With this amendment, the importing process should be sped up, as the products will no longer an inspection and clearance at the border and will be replaced with a "self declaration" by the importer (art.10(3) of the regulation), which will be checked only after the goods have entered Indonesia.
The move is part of the government's effort (cf. press release from the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs) to reduce the dwelling times at ports, which are the highest in Southeast Asia.