Indonesia’s Ministry of Trade (“MOT”) recently issued new regulations on Importer Identification Numbers.
Special Importer Identification Number
The MOT has revoked the requirement for importers to obtain a Special Importer Identification Number (“NPIK”) for the import of certain products such as textiles, shoes and electronics. The NPIK requirement had been stipulated in Minister of Industry and Trade Decree No. 141/MPP/Kep/3/2002 regarding NPIK, as amended by MOT Decree No. 07/M-DAG/PER/3/2008 and Decision of Director General of Foreign Trade No. 05/DJPLN/KP/III/2002 regarding Certain Types of Imported Goods for which an NPIK is Mandatory.
The revocation of this requirement for certain products is found in MOT Regulation No. 50/M-DAG/PER/7/2015 (“MOT Reg 50/2015″).
MOT Reg 50/2015 revokes the aforementioned regulations related to the NPIK and also declares that NPIKs issued under these previous regulations are null and void. The NPIK is deemed as no longer relevant as a license for import restrictions.
Importer Identification Number
The provisions on Importer Identification Number (“API”) are now regulated under MOT Regulation No. 70/M-DAG/PER/9/2015 (“MOT Reg 70/2015″), which became effective on January 1, 2016. MOT Reg 70/2015 revokes MOT Regulation No. 27/M-DAG/PER/5/2012 regarding the Provisions on Importer Identification Number, as lastly amended by MOT Regulation No. 84/M-DAG/PER/12/2012 (together, “MOT Reg 27/2012″).
Just like MOT Reg 27/2012, MOT Reg 70/2015 recognizes two types of API, namely: (i) General Importer Identification Number (“API-U”), which is granted to companies that import certain goods for trading purposes; and (ii) Producer Importer Identification Number (“API-P”), which is granted to companies that import goods for their own use as capital goods, raw materials, supporting materials and/or materials to support their production process. One importer may have only one type of API, either an API-U or an API-P, which is valid for import activities within Indonesian territory. Read more »