Indonesia - Prohibited and Restricted Imports Indonesia - Prohibited Imports
Indonesian importers must comply with numerous and overlapping import licensing requirements that impede access to Indonesia’s market. MOT Regulation 70/2015 came into effect in January 2016, replacing MOT Regulation 27/2012 as amended by Regulation 59/2012. The new regulation requires all importers to obtain an import license as either importers of goods for further distribution (API-U) or as importers for their own manufacturing (API-P), but they cannot obtain license for both activities.
In response to stakeholder concerns, in December 2015, MOT issued Regulation 118/2015 on complementary goods, which allows companies that operate under an API-P import license to import finished products for complementary goods, market testing, or for after sales service purposes, as long as the goods are new, consistent with the company’s business license and meet import requirements. In October 2015, MOT issued Regulation 87/2015 on the Import of Certain Products (replacing Decree 56/2009, which had been extended through MOT Regulation 83/2012). Like its predecessors, Regulation 87/2015 requires pre-shipment verification by designated companies (known in Indonesia as “surveyors”) at the importer’s expense and limits the entry of imports to designated ports and airports. In addition, Regulation 87/2015 maintains non-automatic import licensing requirements on a broad range of products, including electronics, household appliances, textiles and footwear, toys, food and beverage products, and cosmetics. However, for holders of an API-U license, Regulation 87/2015 appears to eliminate the additional requirement to apply or register as an importer of certain products.
MOT Regulation 82/2012, as amended by Regulations 38/2013, 68/2015, 41/2016, and MOI Regulation 108/2012, in effect since January 2013, imposes burdensome import licensing requirements for cell phones, handheld computers, and tablets. Under Regulation 82/2012, importers of cell phones, handheld computers, and tablets are not permitted to sell directly to retailers or consumers, and they must use at least three distributors to qualify for a MOT importer license. MOT Regulation 41/2016 requires 4G device importers to provide evidence of contributions to the development of the domestic device industry or cooperation with domestic manufacturing, design, or research firms.