Indonesia Implements New Import Regulations Today with PMK Number 96 of 2023

Indonesia's import and Exports
Indonesia's import and Exports

The Ministry of Finance (Kemenkeu) and the Ministry of Trade (Kemendag) have embarked on a significant regulatory transformation concerning the importation of goods into Indonesia. Effective as of today, October 17, 2023, these new import regulations represent a pivotal change in the landscape of trade and commerce within the nation.

These novel policies are encapsulated within the Minister of Finance Regulation (PMK) Number 96 of 2023, which deals specifically with Customs, Excise, and Taxes on Imported and Exported Goods. It’s worth noting that this regulation is a revision of PMK Number 199/PMK.010/2018, signaling a departure from the prior status quo.

The Director General of Customs and Excise, Askolani, has been diligently engaging with business stakeholders to communicate the nuances and implications of these fresh regulations. This is an essential step in ensuring that all businesses are well-informed and prepared to comply with the new requirements.

Once this vital process of socialization has been completed across the spectrum of business actors, comprehensive and detailed information will be released to the public. This information will encompass various facets of the regulation, from practical implementation in the field to the specifics of tariff rates.

Quoting Askolani,”Insha Allah, it will be released soon once we have communicated with business actors.” These words underscore the commitment to transparency and a well-informed public, reflecting the government’s dedication to a smooth transition to the new regulatory framework.

On a parallel note, the Technical Director of Customs within the Directorate General of Customs and Excise under the Ministry of Finance, Fadjar Donny Tjahjadi, has unequivocally affirmed that these fresh regulations shall take effect from October 17, 2023. This provides a concrete date for businesses to align their operations with the new rules.

Furthermore, Fadjar Donny Tjahjadi has assured that these regulations will bestow legal clarity upon all business stakeholders. It shall present them with a cogent and comprehensive set of rules governing customs, excise, and taxation related to the import and export of consigned goods. This is essential for businesses to operate with confidence and a profound understanding of the regulatory environment.

“This is driven by the rapid growth of imported goods shipping businesses through postal operators, which needs to be complemented with more advanced procedures for service and supervision,” Fadjar Donny Tjahjadi remarked. This statement encapsulates the rationale behind the regulatory change, highlighting the need for these regulations to keep pace with the rapidly evolving landscape of international trade.

The new regulations also introduce the concept of a partnership between the Directorate General of Customs and Excise (DJBC) and Electronic Trading System Operators (PPMSE), as stipulated in PMK Number 96 of 2023. This innovative provision underscores the government’s dedication to modernize and streamline the processes involved in importing and exporting goods.

The partnership requires the exchange of electronic catalog (e-catalog) and electronic invoice (e-invoice) data. These data-sharing mechanisms are designed to facilitate swift, automated, and accurate customs determinations.

It’s worth noting that this regulation requires Electronic Trading System Operators (PPMSE) to form partnerships within ten days from the issuance of the notification letter. Failure to meet this partnership requirement will result in the non-servicing of imported goods consigned through PPMSE.

A particular clause in Article 13 of the regulation states that the partnership obligation is exempted for PPMSE conducting the import of consigned goods with a quantity not exceeding 1,000 consignments within a calendar year. This provides a measure of flexibility for smaller-scale operators while ensuring that larger-scale operators are well-integrated into this new framework.