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Obtaining an Indonesian Business License

How to Obtain an Indonesian Business License

To engage in general trading, goods, or other services as a business in Indonesia you’ll need to do two things: set up a business and acquire an Indonesian business license. Aside from a general business license, some businesses may need more specific licenses to legally operate, such as a commercial alcohol license.

For example, a company in the manufacturing industry outside of oil, gas, and geothermal energy should have an industrial business license, and a construction company should have a construction business license.

To register your business, you will have to use the Online Single Submission System (OSS). The OSS is a one-stop-shop for business licenses. Here you can apply for a business identification number (Nomor Iduk Berusaha, or NIB), business license, as well as other commercial and operational licenses.

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Commercial and Operational Licenses

The Investment Coordinating Board (Badan Koordinasi Penanaman Modal, or BKPM) is still responsible for processing licenses for several sectors in Indonesia. These licenses cannot be obtained via OSS, so to acquire these licenses, you must apply directly to the BKPM.

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How Cekindo Can Help

If you’re looking to expand your business to one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, Cekindo can assist you in:

With years of experience and business consultants of a high caliber, Cekindo is here to find solutions for your global business.

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Selected Testimonials

  • I am thankful for Cekindo, as they assisted me for several months to obtain my business visa and enter Indonesia. I was in constant contact with valuable consultants the provided me with updated information during this precarious time. Today, my being in Jakarta is not a miracle – it was made possible by Cekindo.

    Gabriel Francois Pierre Hossaert
  • Balev Coporation

    We needed an expert in applying and obtaining respective registrations for our product range in Indonesia, and a renowned German consultancy company in the safety compliance field recommended Cekindo due to their well-developed network in the Asia Pacific. Cekindo’s practical knowledge helped professionally shape and balance the wording of our labels, resulting in full compliance with Indonesian product regulations while taking into account the market and its end users.

    Rumen Myankov
    Balev Corporation
  • Tim Stewart - Photo

    I would like to acknowledge the exceptional service that PT. Cekindo Business International provided to me and my company. I needed to attend a meeting in Jakarta in October 2020 and because of the COVID-19, there were some restrictions with regard to visa application. I made the right decision by consulting with the visa team at Cekindo. The application process was expertly handled. The team ensured the visa was issued well ahead of time for my trip. I would recommend PT. Cekindo Business International to anyone looking for expert help in managing the visa application process.

    Tim Stewart
    Northern Territory Building Consultancy
  • logo-PT-Asia-Victory

    Prior to choosing Cekindo as our business partner in Indonesia, we interviewed and compared several companies. Finally, we chose to cooperate with Cekindo because of its professionalism and quality. Cekindo has assisted us in many ways, from company certification application to KITAS application and financial statement compliance to the fulfillment of other tax obligations in Indonesia. We appreciate the team’s fast response and professionalism in preparing the financial statements, among others.

    Doris Chen
    PT. Asia Victory and PT. Bigger One
  • logo Toaster

    When I joined Toaster, it was already working with Cekindo. But it’s quick to see why Toaster chose Cekindo. Cekindo has been very helpful throughout. Toaster Headquarters is based in London. Indonesian tax laws are not our specialty. Cekindo’s team has helped us to understand Indonesian tax. They are very knowledgeable and dependable, and therefore a huge asset to our company.

    Tsui-Sie Wong

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Frequently Asked Questions

What if my product has been registered under a local distributor and we decide to transfer the license to our company or another distributor?

How many types of business licenses are there in Indonesia?

Is it mandatory to apply for a permanent business license indonesia?

How long is the permanent business license indonesia valid?

Is it correct that I cannot start importing products if I do not have an import license?

Must all licenses be applied through the OSS?

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