ANNOUNCEMENT 02 May 2012In May 2012, the government of Indonesia announced a change in import formalities.
NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS
Regulation 27/M-DAG/PER/5/2012 (in Bahasa Indonesia):
The stricter 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.
It was amended by regulation 59/2012 (cf. Related Measures) and hence is no longer implemented.