IMPORT LICENSING SYSTEM OF indonesia
Questions from the european union to Indonesia
The following communication, dated 13 January 2021, is being circulated at the request of the delegation of the European Union.
The EU notes that Indonesia has not submitted yet notifications on import licensing procedures of several products.
In the lack of such notifications and considering the increasing number of concerns of the EU traders on the import licensing procedures applied by Indonesia, the EU would like to ask Indonesia to clarify the aspects listed below.
According to the recent Trade Policy Review of Indonesia in the WTO, "the regulatory framework of import licensing was expanded and revised for several items, including: animals and animal products; cloves; sugar; horticultural products; alcoholic beverages; salt; pearls; lubricants; plastic; nitro cellulose; sodium triopoly-phosphate; ozone-depleting substances; non-hazardous and non-toxic waste; optical discs (empty and filled) and machines and materials used to produce them; textiles and textile products; cell phones, handheld computers, and tablets; and colour multi-functional machines, colour photocopying and printing machines".
Regulation of the Minister of Trade of the Republic of Indonesia No. 77/2019 concerning the provisions on the import of textiles and textile products:
1. When will Indonesia submit the notification of the above-mentioned law to the WTO, as required under Articles 1.5 and 5 of the WTO Agreement on Import Licensing procedures?
2. Could Indonesia indicate whether traders, which were taken by surprise by the application of Regulation No. 77/2019 without advance notification to the WTO, could at least complete their importations into Indonesia under the previous regime?
3. Could Indonesia indicate whether finished textile products, listed in the Annex to Regulation No. 77/2019, may be imported into Indonesia for purposes other than further processing by domestic producer importers, their cooperating production parties, and/or small- and mid-sized industries?
4. If so, could Indonesia please provide the following information:
4.1 How many licenses have been issued, for the importation of finished textile products for retail or trading purposes, since the entry into force of Regulation No. 77/2019?
4.2 What volumes of finished textile products, imported for retail purposes or for trading, have entered Indonesia since the entry into force of Regulation No. 77/2019?
4.3 From which country did the finished textile products, imported for retail purposes or for trading since the entry into force of Regulation No. 77/2019, originate in?
5. Could Indonesia confirm that the Regulation No. 77/2019 allows non-manufacturers and retailers to carry out imports to Indonesia only under the condition that they establish a partnership with Indonesian small and medium enterprises (SMEs)? If so, could Indonesia please provide clarity on the specifics regarding the nature of the partnership and the SMEs?
6. Could Indonesia indicate whether it believes that the import prohibition maintained under Regulation No. 85/2015, as last amended by Regulation No. 77/2019, is consistent with Article XI of the GATT?
7. If so, could Indonesia please explain why, de facto if not de jure, no import license has been issued, since the entry into force of Regulation No. 77/2019, for the importation of finished textile products from the EU for retail purposes or for trading?
Regulation No. 68/2020 on import provisions for footwear, electronics and bicycles/tricycles, which entered into force on 28 August 2020), as last amended by Regulation No. 78/2020, which entered into force on 8 October 2020:
8. When will Indonesia submit the notification of the above-mentioned law and the amendment to the WTO, as required under Articles 1.5 and 5 of the WTO Agreement on Import Licensing procedures?
9. Could Indonesia submit all relevant information justifying the import restrictions (restricted port of entry, pre-shipment inspection, import plan obligation)?
Importation of alcohol beverages:
10. Could Indonesia confirm that the licensing procedures for EU alcoholic beverages in 2021 will be swift, transparent and non-discriminatory, fulfilling the entire requested amount by the importers?
 WTO document WT/TPR/S/401, 4 November 2020, paragraph 3.59, page 84.