In March 2014, the government of Indonesia announced a change in import formalities.



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Inception date: 01 Jun 2014 | Removal date: open ended

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On 25 March 2014, the Indonesian Ministry of Finance issued regulation 59/PMK.04/2014 concerning customs registration. The regulation affects all Service Users that have to register customsat the Directorate General of Customs and Excise (hereinafter: DGCE). 
Compared to the former regulation 63/PMK.04/2011 and its amendment 95/PMK.04/2011, the new rules require that all applications for the Customs Identification Number (NIK) can be submitted electronically (art. 3(2) of regulation 59/PMK.04/2014).
Other changes include a now fixed timeline for administrative examination of 3 days (art. 5(1)). Also, the NIK must be issued by the DGCE within 5 working days (art. 7(1)) - in contrast to the previous 14 days.
The grounds upon which a NIK application can be blocked and revoked has been reduced as well. For instance, the case where the Service User is inactive concerning customs within 1 year has been left out from the newest provisions.
As explained in a report by Baker & McKenzie ("Customs Registration -Towards the Full Implementation fo Utilization of Electronic Media"), "ServiceUsers is defined as importers, exporters, customs service arrangers,carriers or other customs service users that will fulfill customsobligation to the DGCE. Customs service arrangers 'i's defined as abusiness entity that fulfills customs obligations for and on behalf ofimporters or exporters".
The regulation came into force on 1 June 2014.
On 24 November 2016, the Indonesian Ministry of Finance issued regulation 174/PMK.04/2016 amending the regulation described above. Inter alia, the new 2016 provisions introduce two channels of electronic submission: the Indonesia National Single Window portal and the portal of the Customs Office. In general, the new regulations further simplify the customs registration process.
The regulation came into force on 24 December 2016. As it does not represent a significant change to the previous regime, it has been listed as an update.