How to Obtain an Indonesian Import License
If you have decided to import a product into Indonesia, first and foremost you’d need to set up a company. Whether this is a foreign-owned company (PT PMA) or a local company (local PT), all importers are required to have an Indonesian-based company.
Upon registration, your business will have to apply for a business identification number (Nomor Iduk Berusaha, or NIB) through the Online Single Submission System (OSS).
The NIB doesn’t expire and replaces the Company Registration Certificate, Importer Identification Number, and Customs Registration NIK (Nomor Induk Kepabeanan) needed before implementing OSS.
What else is needed to import a product into Indonesia?
Getting an import license is the first step in your goal of distributing your product to Indonesia.
Before importing goods it is important to check two things:
- The imported product should be related to the sector business in the NIB
- The Indonesian Harmonization System (HS) Code, which is used to classify every category of products imported
These are important because Indonesian import licenses are limited to a particular industry classified in the NIB and do not permit the importation of goods unrelated to a business sector.
When importing products into Indonesia, additional licenses are required to ensure Indonesian product standards are met.
The following shows what additional licenses are needed for each sector:
How Cekindo Can Help
When you are ready to import a product, Cekindo is ready to help you with every step of the process. Aside from getting an Indonesian import license, we provide services that can assist you in: