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Export is an activity or activity of releasing products and goods from within the country to foreign countries by following standard regulations and applicable provisions. Export activities are generally carried out by a country that is able to produce large quantities of goods and these quantities have been fulfilled in the country.


Import is an activity or activity of marketing goods products from customs areas or buying goods products from other countries to meet basic domestic needs called imports. Trade carried out by entering goods from abroad into the Indonesian customs area and complying with the provisions of laws and regulations is called an import transaction.

Benefits of Exporting and Importing


  1. Controlling Product Prices.
  2. Growing Domestic Industry.
  3. Increase Foreign Exchange.
  4. Increase Job Opportunities.


  1. Fulfill domestic needs.
  2. Strengthen the position of the balance of payments.
  3. Reducing foreign exchange outflow abroad.

Goods Prohibited in Import-Export
Based on the regulation of the Minister of Trade Number 18 of 2021 concerning Goods prohibited from Export and Goods prohibited from Import, which includes:


  1. Goods are prohibited from exporting in the forestry sector.
  2. Goods are prohibited from exporting in the field of agriculture.
  3. Goods are prohibited from exporting subsidized fertilizer.
  4. Goods prohibited from mining exports.
  5. Export prohibited items of cultural heritage.
  6. Export prohibited items of cultural heritage.
  7. Export prohibited items of metal scraps and scrap.


  1. Import of certain types of sugar is prohibited.
  2. Import of certain types of rice is prohibited.
  3. Prohibited imports of ozone-depleting substances.
  4. Importation of used bags, used sacks and used clothing is prohibited.
  5. Importation of refrigeration system-based goods is prohibited.
  6. Prohibited imports of hazardous and toxic waste or B3 waste.
  7. Non-hazardous and toxic waste or non-B3 waste.
  8. Import of hand tools is prohibited.
  9. Import of medical devices containing mercury is prohibited.

Requirements to Become an Exporter & Importer
To be able to carry out export & import activities, there are several requirements that must be met:

  1. Having a legal entity.
  2. Have an NPWP.
  3. Have permission from the government to carry out export and import activities.
  4. Have an import identification number (API) document.
  5. Have a Customs Identification Number.
  6. Have a registration letter number from Customs.


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Registering your company for import-export activities in Indonesia involves several steps. You'll need to obtain an Importer Identification Number (API) and an Exporter Identification Number (APE). Additionally, you may need to register with relevant government agencies and obtain specific licenses or permits depending on the nature of your business.

Essential documents for customs clearance include invoices, packing lists, certificates of origin, and shipping documents. These documents help facilitate smooth clearance of goods through Indonesian customs.

Import duties and taxes in Indonesia are calculated based on the value of the goods and their classification. You can determine these costs using customs tariff schedules and valuation methods.

There are various support services available, including government agencies, trade associations, and consulting firms. These resources can provide guidance and assistance for your export-import activities.

Yes, Indonesia imposes restrictions and prohibitions on certain goods for import and export. These may include items such as hazardous materials, endangered species, and cultural artifacts. It's important to check the relevant regulations before attempting to import or export any goods.

To start exporting or importing goods in Indonesia, you'll need to ensure you have the necessary documentation in order. This includes licenses, permits, and customs clearance documents. It's also important to be aware of any specific regulations or restrictions that may apply to the type of goods you're dealing with.