For tourists or businesses looking to import goods in Indonesia, Indonesia introduces significant amendments to its import policy on handy goods imported into the country. Indonesians and foreigners coming from overseas have to be aware of those new implications. This article aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the new regulations, helping you to prepare effectively for your trade and import activities in Indonesia.

Overview of the New Import Policy for Indonesia

The Indonesian Ministry of Trade has enacted Regulation No. 3 of 2024, amending the previous Regulation No. 36 of 2023 on Import Policy and Provisions. This amendment, effective from 10 March 2024, is designed to optimize the importation process, ensuring a smoother flow of goods into the country.

foreign women tourist having custom control on importing goods in Indonesia and Bali

Key Highlights of the Amendment

  1. Import-Permit Mechanisms: The amendment specifies conditions under which import permits, necessary for bringing certain goods into Indonesia, can be amended or extended. This amendment is regarding the goods arriving with a certain delay into the country.
  2. Adjusted Procedures for Imports of Supporting Goods: Supporting goods, essential for market testing and aftersales services, now benefit from smoother import procedures. These goods, when imported by registered businesses within Special Areas, are exempt from the requirement to obtain statement letters from the Director-General of Foreign Trade.
  3. Limitations on Hand-Carry Goods: the amendment imposes restrictions on the quantities and values of personal belongings that foreigners, crew members, and Indonesians can bring into Indonesia. These limitations cover a range of items, from footwear and textiles to electronics and food products.

Implications for Businesses and Individuals

Businesses involved in importing goods into Indonesia must be aware of the updated permit requirements and ensure compliance to avoid disruptions in their supply chain.

For individuals, particularly those traveling to Indonesia, it’s important to understand the new limitations on hand-carry goods to avoid potential fines upon entry and issues with customs.

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