Business and Import Licenses

In Indonesia, if you want to expand your business or distribute your product, you have to apply for particular licenses and product registrations.

Cekindo will help you understand which licenses you will need for your business.

Business License (IU)

A business license (izin usaha), previously known as a permanent business license (izin usaha tetap), is issued by the Indonesian Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) or Regional Investment Coordinating Board (BKPMD) to the company that was established in the framework of a foreign investment company (PMA), given as an operating permit to conduct commercial business activities in the field of trade in goods/services. For example, this business license is needed for construction license in Indonesia, license for restaurant in Indonesia, mining license in Indonesia, etc.

Based on the new regulation from the beginning of 2015, all new foreign companies and existing foreign companies that still do not have business license needs to have a financial audit before they can apply for a permanent business license and also other connected licenses (import license, etc.) which are required from them. This new regulation aims to ensure that all foreign investors have actually realized their investment plans and have not only submitted them to Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) for the sake of simply submitting them, which reportedly happened in the past.

Classification of Business Licenses

  • A company engaged in general trading, goods or other services should have a business license.
  • A company engaged in the manufacturing industry outside of oil, gas and geothermal energy, should have an industrial business license.
  • A company engaged in other industries, such as construction, should have construction business license.

How to Apply for a Business License

  • After fulfilling all documentation requirements, the processing time for a business license application takes 14 working days.
  • A business license is generally valid for 30 years
  • Detailed information on how to obtain a business license is here!

 Import Licenses

Obtaining an Indonesian import license is an important requirement for importing goods to the Indonesian market. Licenses are limited to a particular industry and do not permit importation of goods not related to that sector of business. Based on a regulation issued by the Ministry of Trade, as of 2011, companies may only have one type of import license.

In order to import your goods to Indonesia, you need an Indonesian Importer Identification Number, also known as Angka Pengenal Importir (API). There are several types of Indonesian Importer Identification Numbers:

  • A General Import License, also known as API Umum (API-U)
    This Indonesian license may be used to import finished products or to trade goods with a third party. Applications for an API Umum take around 2 months.
  • A Producer Import License, also known as API Produsen (API-P)
    This particular license is used to import raw materials and unfinished products and goods for production processes. Ministry of Trade Regulation No. 39/2010 allows API-P license holders to import several types of finished products, mostly connected with production processes.
  • A Limited Import License, also known as API Terbatas (API-T)
    This license may be used as a limited importer identification number and is obtained through the Indonesian Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM). Goods imported under an APIT are subject to a reduced withholding tax of 2.5% compared to the normal rate of 7.5%.

 Medical Distribution Licenses

Foreign and local companies that intend to sell medical devices in Indonesia are required to obtain two licenses: an Indonesian medical distribution license and a medical devices registration. For an Indonesian medical distribution license, you must set up your own local entity in Indonesia or utilize a distributor with a medical device distributor’s license issued by the Ministry of the Health. (Here you can read about how to set up a company in Indonesia.)  We can help you establish your own company,  find a suitable local distributor, or provide you with registration through Cekindo. A distributor’s license is valid for an indefinite period of time.

Trade Marks

Trademark registration in Indonesia is regulated by Trademark Act No. 15 Year 2001. Trademark protection is only obtained by registration. Protection based on prior use for unregistered marks is not available. The application process includes a formal examination and an evaluation of distinctiveness and similarity with prior trademarks. After passing the examination stage, the trademark is published in the Trademark Official Journals for a three-month opposition period. During this period, any party can submit a challenge against the trademark application. A trademark registration in Indonesia is valid for 10 years and is renewable. This registration can include such as food and beverage registration Indonesia, food supplements registration in Indonesia, fintech registration Indonesia, among others.


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  • Company Registration
  • Import License
  • Business License
  • Product Registration
  • Local Partner Selection

  • Company Registration
  • Business License
  • Business Visa
  • Work Permit
  • Service Office

Cekindo handles licenses registration for clients every month and our legal team is ready assist you!

Feel free to Contact Us and get a free quotation for obtaining licenses and product registrations in Indonesia.

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