Govt. Redefines Emissions-Quality Standards for Certain Motor Vehicles
The Ministry of Environment and Forestry has finally taken the initiative and set higher emissions-quality standards for motor vehicles through the issuance of Ministry Regulation No. P.20/MENLHK/SETJEN/KUM.1/3/2017. This regulation mandates that both producers and importers of Category M, Category N and Category O motor vehicles now have to comply with the emissions standards which are commonly referred to as EURO 4.
Provisions on the Supervision of Food-and-Drugs Imports Redefined
The Head of the National Agency of Drug and Food Control (BPOM) has issued Regulation No. 4 of 2017 on the Supervision of Imports of Drugs and Food into Indonesia in order to expedite the customs-clearance and cargo-release processes when importing food and drugs under the Indonesian National Single Window framework. This regulation updates guidelines for said imports, which were previously regulated under Head of BPOM Regulation No. 12 of 2o15 on the Supervision of Imports of Drugs and Food into Indonesia (as amended by Head of BPOM Regulation No. 25 of 2016). In general, the new guidelines address the following areas: (1) Import requirements; (2) Procedures and costs for the securing of import approval; (3) Mandatory documentation; and (4) Re-importation.
Risk-Management Programs for Food Industries Redefined
In a bid to improve both the safety and quality of infant formula, toddler formula, growth formula and commercial sterilized foods, the Head of the National Agency for Drug and Food Control (BPOM) has issued Regulation No. 2 of 2017 on the Implementation of Risk-Management Programs for Food Safety Within the Food Industry. This new regulation replaces and repeals the previous framework, which was enforced through Head of BPOM Regulation No. 14 of 2015, which did not require producers of commercial sterilized foods to also implement risk-management programs.
Guidelines for the Assessment of Domestic Component Levels Within Solar Power Plants
The Ministry of Industry has established a new set of guidelines for the assessment of domestic component levels (TKDN) used within solar power plants (PLTS) through the issuance of Ministerial Regulation No. 04/M-IND/PER/2/2017 on Provisions and Procedures for the Assessment of Domestic Component Levels Used Within Solar Power Plants. Consisting of 32 articles, the new regulation covers three major areas, namely: the composition of teams used for assessments of TKDN values in PLTS and solar modules, requirements and procedures for the securing of TKDN certificates, and verification and supervision measures.
Government Amends Regulation on the Organization of Railways
With the goal of accelerating investment in railway infrastructure, the government has issued Government Regulation No. 6 of 2017 on the Amendment to Government Regulation No. 56 of 2009 on the Organization of Railways. The Amendment alters a wide range of provisions relating to the organization of railways in Indonesia, including the organization of public-railway infrastructure by businesses, the requirements which have to be met and the procedures which have to be undertaken by organizers of public-railway infrastructure, the transfer of railway infrastructure to the state, and so forth.
Ministry of Industry Regulates Provisions on Recommendations for Tire Imports
The Ministry of Industry has issued Regulation No. 01/M-IND/PER/1/2017 on Procedures for the Issuance of Import-Approval Recommendations for Tires in a bid to clarify the basis, requirements and process involved in the issuance of import-approval recommendations for imports of tires. The regulation also addresses amendments which are made to such recommendations, the supervision of imports and the sanctions which are to be imposed for any acts of non-compliance.
Industrial Facilities and Infrastructure Further Regulated
The government has just issued Government Regulation No. 2 of 2017 on the Development of Industrial Facilities and Infrastructure in order to set out further provisions relating to the standardization of industrial activities and products across Indonesia, the establishment and organization of a national industrial information system, fiscal and non-fiscal incentives that may be provided for businesses operating within the industrial sector, and administrative sanctions for non-compliance.
New Guidelines on Operational Feasibility Certificates for Fishing Vessels
With the goal of redefining the requirements for operational feasibility certification for fishing vessels in mind, the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries has issued Regulation No. 1/PERMEN-KP/2017 on Operational Feasibility Certification for Fishing Vessels. This regulation eliminates the obligation for small fishermen and fish farmers to obtain SLOs, while simultaneously stipulating stricter requirements for other types of fishing vessels, particularly fish transportation vessels.
Ministry of Transportation Relaxes Age Limitations for Commercial Aircraft
With the ultimate objective of creating a more favorable investment climate within Indonesia’s aviation sector, the Ministry of Transportation has issued Regulation No. PM 155 of 2016 on Aircraft Age Limitations for Commercial Flights, which sets new age limits for commercially operated aircraft. This area was previously regulated under Ministerial Regulation No. PM 160 of 2015 on the Rejuvenation of Aircraft for Commercial Aviation, as well as under Ministerial Regulation No. PM 7 of 2016 as its amendment. The new regulation applies to transportation planes, freighters, normal planes and commuter planes, as well as helicopters, utility planes and aerobatic planes, which were not regulated under the previous regulations.
New Provisions for the Implementation of Mandatory SNI for Bottled Drinking Water
With the objective of maintaining public health by ensuring the safety and the quality of bottled drinking-water products, the Ministry of Industry has issued Regulation No. 78/M-IND/PER/11/2016, which sets out new guidelines for the mandatory implementation of Indonesian National Standards for bottled mineral, de-mineralized, natural mineral and dew drinking water. In essence, these guidelines cover the list of Indonesian National Standards that must be implemented for said products, exemptions to these obligations, as well as the requirements and procedures involved in obtaining technical considerations (for such exemptions) and SPPT-SNI in order to prove compliance with the implementation of mandatory standards, as well as the various consequences for non-compliance.