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.
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.