Setting Up A Local PT. Company: A Guide For Foreign Investors

Several business fields are closed to foreign ownership. Here's how to set up a PT company, a local one, in Indonesia as the solution.

When To Establish A Local PT. Instead Of A PT. PMA Or Representative Office.

According to Indonesia’s Positive Investment List, there are several business fields that are closed-off to foreign ownership. The only alternative for foreign investors to operate within these business lines is to establish a Local PT.

The general required structure to establish a Local PT company are as follows:

  • 2 shareholders
  • 1 local director
  • 1 commissioner

As the name explains – a Local PT. is a company set up for Indonesian citizens, with 100% local ownership.

Size Of Local PT. And Its Capital Investment  

A Local PT Company can be divided into 3 sizes. Each size of Local PT. has a different range of Capital Investment required t0 start the company.

  • Small Local PT: Capital Investment of IDR 50 Million to 500 Million
  • Medium Local PT: Capital Investment IDR 500 Million to 10 Billion
  • Large Local PT: Capital Investment of IDR 10 Billion and above

Can A Local PT. Hire Foreign Employees?

Yes, However, the hiring is done via the Special Purpose Vehicle Company and, the required company size is medium Find out how to get a business visa and work permit in Indonesia.

The Process Of Setting Up A Local PT. In Indonesia.

No. Procedure Duration (working days)
1. Approval of company name at the Ministry of Law and Human Rights 2
2. Preparation of Association Article by Notary 4
3. Obtain Deed of Establishment at the Ministry of Law and Human Rights 3
4. Obtain Certificate of Domicile at the local government office 15
5. Obtain Tax payer registration number (NPWP) and VAT number at the tax office 3
6. Obtain Trading Business License (SIUP) 10
7. Obtain Company Registration Certificate (TDP) at the local government office 10

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