ANNOUNCEMENT 24 Dec 2014In December 2014, the government of Indonesia announced a rule change relating to export registration.
NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS
Regulation 97/M-DAG/12/2014 (in Bahasa Indonesia):
Ministry of Trade regulation 89/M-DAG/PER/10/2015 (in Bahasa Indonesia)
Ministry of Trade regulation 25/M-DAG/PER/4/2016 (in Bahasa Indonesia)
On 24 December 2014, the Indonesian Ministry of Trade issued regulation 97/M-DAG/PER/12/2014 introducing new rules on the export of industrial forestry products.
With the new provisions, exporters of these products will be required to possess a license as registered exporters or a special license as registered forestry products exporters (ETPIK) (art. 2 of the regulation). Trading companies in this sector, on the other hand, will need to obtain a non-producer ETPIK.
The regulation came into force on 1 January 2015.
On 19 October 2015, the Indonesian Ministry of Trade passed regulation 89/M-DAG/PER/10/2015 exempting exports of 15 forestry products from an legality audit.
The audit was previously required for all forestry products and was meant to planned to be a key requirement for imports to the EU as part of a deal with the European Commission. According to media reports, the Ministry for Environment and NGOs have criticised the move for enabling exports of illegal forestry products. The regulation came into force on 18 November 2015.
On 15 April 2016, the Indonesian Ministry of Trade issued regulation 25/M-DAG/PER/4/2016 amending regulation 89/M-DAG/PER/10/2015. The amendment does not introduce major changes but simply relieves exporters of eleven forestry products from having to provide additional proof that the exported wood to be used as raw materials originates from legal sources.
The amendment came into force 30 days after its issuance, i.e. on 15 May 2016.