Import procedures simplified for COVID-19 in Indonesia

2020-04-30T18:38:05+08:00 April 30th, 2020|Insight, Medical Regulation Updates, News & Events|
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Indonesia’s Health Ministry has simplified import procedures to make it easier to import medical equipment for the purpose of helping the Covid-19 outbreak. Previously, imports of medical equipment had to have an import permit in the form of a distribution permit or Special Access Scheme (SAS) permit from the Health Ministry. Now, importers need to obtain a permit exemption recommendation from the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB).

Indonesia’s Health Ministry has simplified import procedures to make it easier to import medical equipment for the purpose of helping the Covid-19 outbreak. Previously, imports of medical equipment had to have an import permit in the form of a distribution permit or Special Access Scheme (SAS) permit from the Health Ministry. Now, importers need to obtain a permit exemption recommendation from the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB).

Medical devices, in vitro diagnostic medical devices, and household health supplies used for Covid-19 have been given relaxation, which means they do not require a distribution permit or SAS. This is legislated for by the following regulations issued by the Ministry of Health: Regulation number 7, year 2020, and Decree number HK.01.07, year 2020.

To request a permit exemption recommendation from the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), importers should use the Indonesia National Single Window website. After completing an application form and uploading the required documents, applicants will be able to track the status of their application. Once reviewed applicants will be notified of rejection or approval (the permit exemption recommendation). And depending upon the type of import, commercial or non-commercial, there are different import procedures to follow:

For non-commercial imports:

  • importers should submit the permit exemption recommendation to the Customs Office
  • the Customs Office will process the request by issuing a Finance Ministry letter (SKMK) for customs, excise and import tax exemption
  • importers then submit the SKMK together with the BNPB permit recommendation to the Customs Office for an import declaration (PIB)
  • customs clearance will be given once all requirements are satisfied

For commercial imports:

  • Importers can request the import declaration letter directly by submitting the details of the BNPB permit exemption recommendation.
  • They will receive customs clearance once their application is approved.

For more information on our services in Indonesia or if you’d like help with the import procedures during the COVID19 outbreak in Indonesia please contact Andaman Medical.