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Obtaining an Indonesian Import License

We can organize low-cost sea freight from Indonesia as well as great-value air freight services between these two countries. We’re here to help you through every step of the process, from pick-up right through to delivery and everything in between.

Quick Guide : How To Import From Indonesia

If you want to import goods from Indonesia, you may want to follow these four steps:
1. Gather information :
Research the products you are hoping to import and find out whether there is a market for them in your country.

2. Find suppliers : Explore Indonesian manufacturers of the goods you wish to bring into your country, then make offers and pinpoint the right deal.
3. Market your goods : Find outlets within your country for the products or items you are looking to sell on.
4. Decide which shipping method to use : NEXPort is here to organize low-cost sea freight from Indonesia as well as competitive air freight services. We can help you decide which of these modes of transport is best for your goods and for your company.

5. Organize shipping :
NEXPort freight forwarding service is designed to achieve the best possible results for sending goods to and from your contry. We will supply all services in the chain from pick-up to delivery, as well as peripheral services such as packing, storage, and distribution, all at highly competitive prices.

Import and Export Procedures in Indonesia – Best Practices

  • Indonesia has proven itself to be a profitable market and has made serious efforts to improve its import and export procedures as the country targets to become the world’s fourth-largest economy by 2045.
  • The implementation of the new Omnibus Lawhas been touted as Indonesia’s most serious attempt at business reforms, with the implementing regulations intending to encourage investments, promote financial inclusion, and ease imports and exports.
  • Under Government Regulation No. 29 of 2021 (Reg 29/2021), an implementing regulation of the Omnibus Law, the Ministry of Trade (MoT) is the authority that issues approvals, verifications, obligations, and licenses on import-export activities.
  • Moreover, the MoT now has the authority to grant greater autonomy and ease of obtaining a business license to importers or exporters who are deemed to have a ‘good reputation’. The criteria of who qualifies as an importer or exporter with a good reputation is to be further regulated in a ministerial regulation.

Importing to Indonesia

  • Before importing or exporting goods, businesses should check with the Indonesian Harmonization System (HS) Code, which is used to classify every category of products. This is because specific products may require additional licenses or registration.
  • Furthermore, the HS code is one of the factors that determine the rate of taxes and customs duties, as well as any specific import/export requirements for that product.

Choosing a freight forwarder

  • When importing goods from abroad, it is important to choose a professional freight forwarder. Freight forwarders handle all the logistical needs as well as assist in managing and fulfilling customs clearance requirements. 
  • Businesses importing into Indonesia must provide the following documents:
  • Commercial invoice, signed by the manufacturer or supplier as true and correct;
  • Bill of lading, in three endorsed originals and four non-negotiable copies;
  • Certificate of insurance;
  • Packing list;
  • NIB/import permit; and
  • Customs import declaration.

Import tariff and taxes

  • Customs duties in Indonesia vary from 0 to 170 percent, with most imported items attracting duties in the range of 0 to 15 percent. The amount of duty depends on the type of goods imported, based on the product’s HS code.
  • it is required to pre-pay customs duties and import taxes and provide notification of the incoming freight to customs.
  • An import sales tax is imposed on imports at the point of entry (except for those goods considered essential by the government) at rates within the range of five and 30 percent.

Further, Indonesia is committed to the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement within which duties on imports from the member countries generally range from zero to five percent, except for products specified on exclusion lists.

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