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Govt Restricts Import of Goods, Including Via Jastip

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Jakarta, IO – The government, through Customs Agency, will tighten supervision over imports of consumer goods, including through passenger luggage entering Indonesia.

This step also addresses the government’s difficulties in monitoring imports via passenger goods, known locally as jastip (buying service), per Katadata, Thu (13/3).

This new provision is regulated in Trade Ministerial Regulation 36/2023 on Import Policies and Regulations.

This policy will become active on March 10. This rule applies to all passengers traveling from abroad, including returning Indonesian migrant workers.

Head of the Soekarno-Hatta Customs and Excise Agency, Gatot Sugeng Wibowo, explained that there are five types of restricted goods that a passenger can bring in their luggage, namely electronics, footwear, textile products, bags and shoes.

Gatot specified that the maximum provisions for goods from abroad that can be brought are two pairs of footwear, two bags, five textile products, five electronic devices not exceeding US$1,500, two units of cellphones, computers and tablets per passenger.

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If passengers are caught violating the rules, they are required to pay import duties according to the applicable rates. Finance Minister Sri Mulyani previously announced that the government would tighten import supervision, one of which is general imports of consumer goods in the form of shipped goods.

The government is also tightening supervision of imports through electronic systems or e-commerce, and imports via passenger goods.

The government also changed the goods traffic system from post border to border control for hundreds of products. These include toys, cosmetics, traditional medicine and health supplements, apparel products and accessories. (un)

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