Importers of Consignments

The New Regulations allows only two type of importer companies to import consignments:

  1. Postal Service Providers, after approval from the Director General of Customs and Excise (DG); and
  2. Courier Service Providers, after approval from the head of the relevant customs office.

Approval from the Director General of Customs and Excise

To obtain approval, the Postal Service Provider must send an application to the DG, by attaching the following documents:

  1. Proof of appointment as international postal services provider;
  2. Proof of approval to use the customs access; and
  3. Proof of appointment of temporary storage point, or at least a cooperation with a service provider of a temporary storage point.

Approval from the Relevant Customs Office

To obtain approval, the Courier Service Provider must send an application to the relevant Customs Office, by attaching the following documents:

  1. Business License;
  2. Proof of approval to use the customs access;
  3. Proof of appointment of temporary storage point, or at least a cooperation with a service provider of a temporary storage point.
  4. A list of facilities which are available within the temporary storage point, such as CCTV, scanners, etc.

Import Duty on Imported Consignments

No import duties will be levied on imported consignments if they fulfill the below requirements:

  1. The total value of the goods is less than USD $100
  2. The total number of cigarettes and cigars is maximum 40 pieces or maximum 40 grams of cut tobacco; and/or
  3. Alcoholic beverages not exceeding 350 milliliters.

In case consignments are imported with a value of more than USD $100, but less than USD $1,500 then an import duty of 7.5% will be levied. If they have a value of more than USD $1,500 then the import duty will be determined by the Customs Officer.

Any cigarettes, cigars and alcoholic beverages that is exceeding the amount specified above, will be destroyed.

The New Regulation is in force since January 29, 2017.

This column is provided by PNB Law Firm Jakarta

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