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What Is a Shelf Company and What Does It Do?

What Is a Shelf Company and What Does It Do? Review by Michal Wasserbauer on 22. 8. 2017 Company Registration in Indonesia, Market Research in Indonesia, Work Permit in Indonesia, Product Registration in Indonesia, Local Partner Selection in Indonesia, Trade Mission in Indonesia, Company Formation in Indonesia, Company Establishment in Indonesia, Company Set Up in Indonesia, Payroll Outsourcing in Indonesia, Tax Reporting in Indonesia, Medical Product Registration in Indonesia, Medical Device Registration in Indonesia, Cosmetic Registration in Indonesia, Food Supplement Registration in Indonesia.
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Although doing business in Indonesia is getting easier, it still has a lot of room for improvement. It still takes weeks to complete a business registration. Moreover, the complexity of the investment rules and regulations especially on foreign ownership makes it challenging to start a business more conveniently. Therefore, Cekindo provides one of the quickest and easiest ways to invest in Indonesia: shelf company.

What Is a Shelf Company?

A shelf company is a ready made business company that is duly registered. Thus, a legal entity that has its own set of directors and owners. But, it doesn’t have any economic activity. In other words, the company hasn’t earned any revenue. It is also an aged company, which means it has been around for many months or years.

The concept of a shelf company is not new. Many investors, particularly big ones, around the world have use it. However, it’s different from a front company which is usually a subsidiary created solely to conceal the parent. Companies employ this strategy to avoid scrutiny and protect illegal activity.

Why Should You Have a Shelf Company?

Investing in a shelf company is a sound idea for the following reasons:

1. Time Constraints

Competition is tough these days. There’s no time to delay any plan for expansion and economic growth. Moreover, Indonesia is rapidly becoming an Asian financial powerhouse. You, therefore, have to be on the spotlight as early as possible.

By buying a shelf company, you can start your business immediately. We can process the transfer of ownership and facilitate other processes quickly. While it takes around 2.5 months to start a local PT, Cekindo can shorten that to only a week and transfer management control to the new owner with a signed-contract.

2. Convenience

Not only do you have to deal with the long period of waiting, but you also need to work around bureaucracy and complicated and time-consuming tasks. Shelf companies can shorten significantly your way to investing in business in Indonesia.

3. Generation

Even if a shelf company doesn’t has any economic activity, it does has a bank account. This bank account is ready to accept revenues from your clients or customers.

How to Buy a Shelf Company in Indonesia

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Cekindo has made buying a shelf company very easy for you, but first a few pointers. One, our companies are local PT, not PT PMA. If you want to know the differences between them, click here. In summary, local PT is 100 percent locally-owned, so you would need a local nominee. Whereas, PT PMA is open for foreign ownership shareholder. But, the ownership depends on the restriction on some business line. Check out the latest Negative Investment List.

Here are the steps to buy a shelf company:

1. Contact us for more information and support.

You can fill in the form below, visit our office, call, or e-mail us. Choose which one is more convenient for you. Rest assured, whatever method you choose, we will get back to you within 24 to 48 hours.

We have a lot of shelf companies available for you. All you have to do is to let us know the kind of business you’re trying to put up. Our company provides various enterprise solutions including market research and analysis, business licenses, and product registration. We can cover all your business-related needs.

2. Pay the standard price.

When you’re ready to set up a business, all you have to do is to buy the shelf company for US$9,500. It already includes at least 2 shareholders, 1 local director, and 1 local commissioner (1 year onward). These are enough to meet the minimum general requirements of local PT. Cekindo will also provide you with the following:

  • Company name
  • Incorporation number
  • Tax number and identification
  • Company office address and landline number
  • Bank account details
  • Company registration documents


Cekindo will be the one to facilitate the legal transfer of ownership within 5 days’ time. If you are setting an office in a different address or use a different bank account, as well as want to implement other changes, just let us know and we’ll help you with no additional fee.

It’s as quick and as easy as that! Let Cekindo help speed up setting up a business for you with a shelf company in Indonesia. Submit your question through the form, below. Or call us today for more information.