In June 2013, the government of Indonesia announced a general change in export conditions.



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Inception date: 24 Jun 2014 | Removal date: open ended
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Export-related non-tariff measure, nes

On 24 June 2013, the Indonesian Ministry of Trade issued regulation 29/M-DAG/PER/6/2013 restricting exports of crude palm oil and its derivatives.
Based on article 2 of the regulation, exports of crude palm oil (hereinafter: CPO) and its derivatives shall be subject to verification or a technical search conducted by a licensed surveyor. The procedure includes physical verification of 

  • the number, type, brand and package number,
  • the number and type of goods,
  • technical specifications,
  • HS codes concerned,
  • as well as the supervision of the loading process and issuing the seal on the containers (art. 5(1)b).

Before being recognized by the Ministry of Trade, a surveyor needs to:

  • own a surveyor license,
  • obtain an accreditation as an inspection institution from the National Accreditation Committee,
  • have experience as a surveyor of CPO and its derivatives for at least 5 years,
  • possess a wide network of verification and technical search services across the country,
  • have experts and equipment appropriate to the duty it has to fulfil (art. 4).

The provisions were supposed to come into force 6 months after issuance but it was changed by amendment 02/M-DAG/PER/1/2014 to 12 months. Therefore the new regulation applied starting on 24 June 2014.
A detailed list of the technical specifications is given in the appendix of regulation 29/M-DAG/PER/6/2013.
On 14 July 2015, the Indonesian Minister of Trade issued a new regulation 54/M-DAG/PER/7/2015 replacing the initial provisions. The amendment included an expanded list of requirements for exporters such as having sufficient IT systems, 10 laboratories with complete equipment (at least 5 of them nationally certified) and providing a good track record in the verification process.
On 22 October 2015, the Ministry passed regulation 90/M-DAG/PER/10/2015 slightly updating the export restrictions. The amendment did not include any relevant changes.