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representative office registration in Indonesia

Registering a Representative Company in Indonesia

Why Do You Need to Set Up a Representative Office in Indonesia?

A representative office means market presence without large capital investment.
The primary purpose of representative offices in Indonesia is testing the water before the actual company incorporation.

Furthermore, a representative office might conduct market research, approach potential clients and build brand awareness of your business. However, no activities that generate profit are allowed, and this is the prominent factor that distinguishes a representative company in Indonesia from other legal entities.

The Benefits of Representative Office in Indonesia

Low Incorporation Cost

As mentioned, a representative office (RO) is an affordable way of how to penetrate the market in Indonesia. Whether you are not sure about your target audience or the presence of business partners, these companies will help you to understand the Indonesian market properly.

Visa Sponsorship

Even though representative offices are not permitted to generate revenues, they are entitled to sponsoring work and stay permits for their foreign employees. Moreover, an RO can sponsor a business visa for business partners coming to Indonesia.

Organisational Structure

To establish a representative office in Indonesia might be the most feasible solution for many entrepreneurs due to its lenient corporate structure. As opposed to a foreign company no shareholder or director is required, and only one chief executive is sufficient.

Registration Process of a Representative Office in Indonesia

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Step 1: obtaining a representative office (KPPA) license

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Step 2: obtaining domicile letter from the local subdistrict

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Step 3: applying for taxpayer registration number (NPWP)

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Step 4: getting a company registration certificate (TDP)

Starting a Representative Office in Indonesia with Cekindo

Cekindo is a one-stop market entry provider that will assist you throughout the whole process of representative office formation. We will not only advise you on the most suitable type of an RO but also incorporate the company on your behalf.

Currently, four types of representative offices are available:

  1. KPPA: General RO of a Foreign Company
  2. KPPPA (known as KP3A or K3PA): RO of a Foreign Trading Company
  3. BUJKA: RO of a Foreign Construction Service Company
  4. KPPA MIGAS: RO of a Foreign Oil and Gas Company

Let us guide you through the representative office registration process and achieve the best results promptly. Fill in the form below or visit us in one of our offices located in Jakarta, Semarang or Bali and we will provide you with a free quotation on your 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

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