Govt. Sets New Excise Tariffs for Tobacco Products
With the overall objective of controlling the consumption of tobacco products across Indonesia while accommodating targets for the excise contribution made by said products to state revenue in 2018, the Ministry of Finance has issued Regulation No. 146/PMK.010/2017 on Excise Tariffs for Tobacco Products .
Govt. Reregulates Four or More Wheeled Motor-Vehicle Industry
In a bid to improve the investment climate, as well as to develop an independent four or more wheeled motor-vehicle industry which will be capable of competing within the global marketplace, the Ministry of Industry has issued Regulation No. 34/M-IND/PER/9/2017 on Four or More Wheeled Motor-Vehicle Industry.
Indonesia Continues to Impose BMTP upon Imports of Flat-Rolled Iron Products or Non-Alloy Steel
In order to follow up the investigations and recommendations made by the Indonesian Trade Safeguard Committee, the Ministry of Finance has issued Regulation No. 130/PMK.010/2017 on the Imposition of Safeguard Import Duty upon Imports of Flat-Rolled Iron Products or Non-Alloy Steel.
Govt. Tightens Import Provisions for Iron, Steel, Alloy Steel and Their Derivative Products
The Ministry of Trade has now tightened import provisions for iron, steel, alloy steel and their derivative products through the issuance of Regulation No. 63/M-DAG/PER/8/2017, which amends Ministry Regulation No. 82/M-DAG/PER/12/2016 on Import Provisions for Iron, Steel, Alloy Steel and Their Derivative Products. This new regulation requires import specification examinations to be undertaken by trade authorities for imported products in order to obtain utilization approval. In addition to the import specification examination, the Ministry has also added a new classification for imported products which are exempt from import provisions.
New Provisions for the Security of Supply Chains for Air-Freight Cargo and Post Consignments
A more comprehensive set of provisions which address the security of supply chains for air-freight cargo and post consignments has now been stipulated by the Ministry of Transportation through the issuance of Regulation No. PM 53 of 2017 on the Security of Supply Chains for Air-Freight Cargo and Post Consignments. This new regulation sets out the various responsibilities of delegated parties (i.e., regulated agents, known consignors, operational airport units and/or airport companies) in order to ensure the security of air-freight cargo, and in addition also addresses post consignments, mandatory checks and control measures, certification and security tariffs.
Provisions on Domestic Component Levels for Telecommunications Gadgets Redefined
In a bid to strengthen domestic industries engaging in the production of cellular phones, handheld devices and tablet computers, the Ministry of Industry has issued Regulation No. 29/M – IND/PER/7/2017 on the Provisions and Procedures Used to Calculate Domestic-Component Levels for Cellular Phones, Handheld Devices and Tablet Computers. This new regulation redefines several provisions which address the following matters: 1) TKDN calculations, 2) Assessment procedures, 3) Verification agency and 4) Supervision process.
Provisions on Freight-Forwarding Simplified
With the objective of simplifying the organization of freight-forwarding service business activities, the Ministry of Transportation has issued Regulation No. PM 49 of 2017 on the Organization and Management of Freight-Forwarding Services. In essence, this new regulation redefines several provisions which pertain to the following matters: scope of business activities, shipping documents, business licenses, branch offices and the development of human resources.
Plantation-Product Processing Businesses Further Regulated
The Ministry of Agriculture has issued Regulation No. 21/PERMENTAN/KB.410/6/2017 on the Second Amendment to Ministry Regulation No. 98/PERMENTAN/OT.140/9/2013 on Plantation Business Licensing Guidelines. The regulation represents a response to public demand as regards the inadequacy of state land for plantation business. In a nutshell, Regulation 21/2017 redefines several matters pertaining to the Plantation Business License for Processing, as well as to partnership schemes and sanctions.
Provisions on Flight Routes Redefined
In a bid to improve the investment climate within Indonesia's air-transportation sector, the Ministry of Transportation has issued Regulation No. PM 45 of 2017, which amends Ministry Regulation No. KM 25 of 2008 on the Organization of Air Transportation. In essence, the Tenth Amendment redefines several provisions which address the following matters: 1) Flight-route permits; and 2) Flight routes operated by scheduled commercial-airline companies.
Harmonization of Procedures for the Submission of Objections Within the Customs and Excise Sectors
The Ministry of Finance has now merged procedures for customs and excise objections under a single legal framework through the issuance of Regulation No. 51/PMK.04/2017 on Objections Within the Customs and Excise Sectors. The new regulation also introduces a number of additional requirements for the submission of objection letters, a new mechanism for the withdrawal of objections, as well as the opportunity to appeal to the tax court if an objection is rejected.