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Registering Local PT Company in Indonesia

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Local Company (PT) is the most common legal entity in Indonesia

Even though a local company is intended for Indonesian citizens only, there are some circumstances under which a foreign investor can incorporate a local company in Indonesia as well.

Benefits of a Local Company in Indonesia for Foreigners

benefits-of-local-ptEven though there are other legal entities particularly designed for foreigners — a limited liability foreign-owned company and representative office — starting a local company might bring more benefits to some foreign entrepreneurs.

Not Restricted from Some Business Fields

The Negative Investment List is a document that regulates foreign ownership of businesses based on business sectors they operate in. Thus, some business activities are fully closed to non-domestic investors, and some are partially limited. On the other hand, a local company is not a subject to this regulation, and it might be the only choice how to start a business in Indonesia in your field.

Lower Incorporation Costs

In comparison with a foreign-owned company, the paid-in capital of a local company is much lower. In general, it ranges from IDR 50,000,000 up to more than IDR 10,000,000,000. The amount of the capital defines the size of the company, which further determines whether a company is eligible to sponsor a work permit for a foreign worker (and how many).

  • Small : IDR 50,000,000 – 500,000,000
  • Medium : IDR 500,000,001 – 10,000,000,000
  • Large : above IDR 10,000,000,001

Starting a Local Company with Cekindo

Local Nominee Services

Foreigners can register a local company through a local nominee agreement. This means signing a contract with a local shareholder — Cekindo — who will represent partial ownership of your business. However, it will always be you, a foreign entrepreneur, who in fact gets full ownership of your business and Cekindo will not intervene in your business by any means.

Shelf Company

A shelf company, known as a ready-made company, is an instant market entry solution. Cekindo registers several local companies every year, keeps their record clean and offers them to our clients. Thus, entrepreneurs can start operating their Indonesian company one week after the purchase of a shelf company.

If you are not sure what type of company which is suitable for your business, contact us via the form below or visit us in one of our offices located in Jakarta, Semarang and Bali. Cekindo will assist you to establish your local company in Indonesia based on your needs.

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Selected Testimonials

  • Matthias Coessens - Empyrean

    When I was looking for a reliable partner who could help with company registration, payroll, taxes and working permit in Indonesia, Cekindo’s domain knowledge and clear communication astonished. Firstly, we decided to pursue cooperation with Cekindo in terms of company registration, but they also assisted me in obtaining the necessary working permits and visas (KITAS), and we use their payroll and tax reporting services until now.

    Matthias Coessens
    Product Director at Empyrean Solutions Apac
  • Ivana Bartonkova

    Cekindo handled business visa for our new colleague promptly and made the start of our company in Vietnam easier and faster. I particularly enjoyed communication with the consultant, who advised the best solution for us and was all the time available to answer any questions. She made sure that all the documents were collected and prepared on time and we got great support during the whole process. Thank you Cekindo and I hope to cooperate again in the near future!

    Ivana Bartonkova
    Marketing and HR director of Port Cities Vietnam
  • Phyto CZ Sro

    Cekindo assisted us with a selection of our local distributor in Indonesia and organised several meeting in Jakarta. Their assistance enabled us to meet our potential local partners and choose the best distributor conveniently. The decision to cooperate with Cekindo was based on a recommendation from our prominent partner in Bali and we cannot be more grateful. Cekindo’s systematic work, active communication, thoroughness and professionalism was exceptional.

    Ing. Václav Tomek
    Phyto CZ Sro
  • Vivek Singh Rathaur

    Cekindo initially helped us with setting up our business structure in Indonesia and getting us all due licenses and approvals. Currently, Cekindo is associated with us as our business partner in Indonesia by providing a face to our name and handling various business activities on our behalf. Without their help, we would be lost in keeping up with regulatory requirements and being a compliant company in Indonesia.

    Vivek S.Rathaur
    Vega Industries
  • akvo - cekindo

    Thanks to Cekindo and its one-stop market entry solutions, we could start exploring the Indonesian market. Cekindo’s broad portfolio of services included a formal process of our representative office registration, consultations regarding proper legal set-up and even working permit and visa applications. Cekindo’s extensive knowledge of the latest developments and legal requirements allowed us to focus on more operational matters and to build a local team in Indonesia.

    Peter van der Linde
    Co-founder / Director strategy & solutions, Akvo Pte Ltd
  • morning-star-cekindo

    After extensive research online, I reached out to several companies including Cekindo. Cekindo’s info package and summary of services were by far the most thorough and professional and their pricing was competitive and reasonable. Cekindo’s sound knowledge of all administrative requirements gave me the confidence that my company incorporation of 100% foreign owned export company was being executed correctly and legally.

    Kingsley Fiegert
    Director, Morning Star Investments (WA) Pty Ltd
  • Jason Peter Stevens

    With knowledgable team, Cekindo helped me make the whole process of company registration and product registration of health and beauty products in Indonesia less confusing and seamless at the same time. They have always been swift in response and hands-on at every email, never leaving me wondering or worried. As far as I am concerned, they go above and beyond the call of duty. They will most certainly be my long-term partner moving forward into the years to come. Thank you Cekindo!

    Jason Peter Stevens
    Group CEO, Studio XII Pte Ltd
  • Konstantin-Simonov

    We chose Cekindo because we considered Cekindo as a professional company with a good attitude and a streamlined business model. Cekindo met all our expectations as it created the atmosphere of accountability and transparency. The most significant added values that we received from cooperation with Cekindo are the time we saved and mistakes we avoided.

    Konstantin Simonov
    Director, PT. AEKS Konsultasi dan Integrasi
  • DESMI Testimonial - Cekindo

    Cekindo provided outstanding services in registering our representative office in Indonesia in a timely manner. Their financial services have been helping us a lot — our local employees feel secure working for our company. Cekindo became our reliable partner with quick response on our needs. Their flexibility and full support of our business in Indonesia are the main reasons to continue in our cooperation.

    Rajendra Iskandar
    Sales and Support Engineer, DESMI
  • (CFLD), Mr. Max Yang, President, Indonesian Region

    After comparing several consultants, I found Cekindo is a international and professional organization with good understanding of local market. Cekindo helped our company to set up our first Indonesian entity, and also helps with day-to-day operation.  Cekindo showed high level of professionalism. Jump start the business in Indonesia, take care of routine process, therefore we can focus more on our core business.

    Max Yang
    President, Indonesian Region, China Fortune Land Development Co., Ltd.

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Frequently Asked Questions

I would like to expand my business to Indonesia. Can I set up a company there as a foreigner?

Is a foreigner able to become a director or commissioner?

I would like to set up a local PT company, but I don’t have a reliable local partner to act as the shareholder. What should I do?

I want to set up my company as soon as possible, is there some way to speed up the registration process?