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Indonesia has, in the past few years, made attempts to liberalize its foreign trade, but unanticipated problems arose preventing substantial progress. Most tariffs are designed to stimulate exports and to protect infant domestic industries. However, the tariff system is burdensome and time consuming and evasion is widespread. Exempt from import duties are raw materials and manufactured items imported for use in government-backed or approved labor-intensive enterprises. Duties on imports from ASEAN member countries were lowered to 20% in 1978. Two years later, duties on 384 products—including cement, sarongs, engine pistons, cameras, and telecommunications equipment— were reduced or abandoned, regardless of origin. Many items may only be imported by government-approved importers and there are quotas for certain non-durable goods. A three-tiered tariff structure, with rates of 0%, 5%, of 10 % applied to various commodities, has been implemented to satisfy Indonesia's IMF commitments. An import sales tax is imposed on imports at point of entry (except for those goods considered essential by the government) at rates of 5–30%. Distilled spirits are dutied at a rate of 170% and vehicle taxes range from 5% for trucks up to 75% for some sedans. Indonesia has also committed to the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement and its Common Effective Preferential Tariff (CEPT), and is further liberalizing its trade in order to meet the provisions of that compact. There is a free trade zone on Batam Island that is exempt from all import and export taxes; a free trade facility near Tanjung Priok, the country's main port; a bonded warehouse in Cakung, near Jakarta; and a number of other export processing zones.

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K. Takemoto
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Jun 26, 2008 @ 2:02 am
The other day, we have sent no commercial value samples for Indonesian organization by EMS with Invoice describing evaluation samples of no cmmercial value. However, Kantor pos di Jakarta chaged us some taxes larger than the value of samples. Please explain this.
This is the first experience ! In the past, we did not have such issues. Thank you in advance
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Nov 5, 2010 @ 2:02 am
Dear sir.

I wish to know about import tax of fish luring light for squid in Indonesia.
Please let me know as soon as possible of my question.
Thanks and regards.

YS. Lim
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Feb 27, 2011 @ 12:00 am
Hi, as you seem to be familiar with the taxation system could you explain me my case please? About one month ago I ordered electronic parts from the USA (Amazon) and an import tax of 10% was imposed. Recently a packet from Germany with personal goods (also for personal use, as I am studying here) was send to me. I expected, that I either wont have to pay any tax, since those goods (also electronic parts, for computers) are for personal use or at worst 10%, as I did with the Amazon packet. But now I got a bill stating 10% import tax plus 15% for something esle, which the post officer could not explain.
I am honestly feeling ripped off and I did not sign the bill, as I was willing to pay only the 10% import tax. They cannot charge me any fees, as the whole shipment fee (it was paid with doorstep delivery, but I had to pick it up at the post office, 20km away, as the post guy was too lazy to come here) was already paid in Germany. So charging additional fees is illegal, am I getting that right? This sounds like a case of corruption to me.

I would be very thankful for soon help.


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Apr 21, 2011 @ 2:02 am
I wish to import some special ovens into Indonesia which make Kurtos kalacs. The goods are from Europe and cost around 1400Euro
How much will be all the costs and what will the costs be?
To see the goods, please see kurtos-kalacs dot com
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May 7, 2011 @ 1:01 am
what are the duties and taxes to be paid while exporting a vehilce from india to indonesia. your help wud be greatly aprreciated.
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Oct 9, 2011 @ 10:10 am
Would like to know is there any quota, duty tax to import cloves from madagascar
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Oct 25, 2011 @ 9:21 pm

It said in the above article that there is a free trade zone on Batam Island that is exempt from all import and export taxes.
May i know it means that all import and export goods will be free from any duties and taxes ?
Thanks for your help.

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Jun 10, 2012 @ 5:05 am
i would like to import a horse from india to indonesia ,i really dont no the procedure about its import duties.kindly advice
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Jul 25, 2012 @ 6:06 am
Whats the customs tax of bringing in gold and silver coins to Indonesia?
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Oct 9, 2012 @ 6:06 am
what are the duties and taxes to be paid while exporting lighter from Malaysia to indonesia. your help will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks your help

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Oct 26, 2012 @ 3:03 am
Although you pay all duties before your package arrives from whatever overseas destination, you will alway get burnt by the post over here in Indonesia, it's just the corrupt system at work here and the government does nothing about it. You want it you pay for it double if need be. I see where it says 10 - 20% on mechanical parts? thats an absolute joke!! try like 150 -160% on whatever parts you bring in. e.g I brought in $2000 of bike parts and had to pay $3,500 to get them out of Customs. My St Bernard which i paid all import costs taxes etc before he left Australia, Still cost me another $400 dollars to get from customs at the airport. It's a joke just how bad expats are treated over here and how badly they are ripped off!!!
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Oct 29, 2012 @ 6:06 am
what are the taxes that Indonesia apply on products that are exported ?. Whom should i contact in Indonesia for complete import/export related information ?

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Mar 24, 2013 @ 9:21 pm
Could you please advise how much duties will be applied for import goods of 9619.00.11.00, 9619.00.19.00 from Myammer to Indonesia ?
Tommy Lim
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Jun 28, 2016 @ 1:01 am
I want to import 22K/24k gold jewellery from Indonesia to Singapore. Is there any duties or taxes that I need to pay Does the exporter need to pay taxes and duties as well.

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