Simplified customs rules to become effective on Jan. 1: Govt

Starting on New Year’s Day, the government is to enact updated export measures that simplify and modernize customs procedures in order to maintain the positive trade performance it achieved and maintained throughout 2022. The measures are to take effect on Jan. 1, 2023 under Finance Minister Regulation (PMK) No. 155/PMK.04/2022 on customs procedures for the export sector, issued on Nov. 3 this year, which provides a clearer and firmer legal umbrella. The new regulation also improves on the customs procedures for exports that were previously regulated in PMK No. 145/PMK.04/2007, which has been amended several times, with PMK No. 21/PMK.04/2019 being its most recent amendment.

In a statement explaining the new regulation from the ministry’s Customs and Excise Directorate General released on Tuesday, Nirwala Dwi Heryanto, director of communication and service user guidance, said exports had played a very important role in supporting the national economy this year. According to year-to-date (ytd) trade data from Statistics Indonesia (BPS), export performance showed a positive trend until November, recording 5.6 percent year-on-year (yoy) growth over that period. Observing this data, the government had moved to create a more conducive export ecosystem through various means, one of which was to issue the new customs regulation. “We are trying to provide legal certainty to improve customs supervision and services for the export sector by simplifying procedures and modernizing the system. Apart from that, this is one of our steps to support the acceleration of the national logistics ecosystem,” Nirwala said, as quoted in the statement.

He elaborated that the new regulation contained more specific provisions on the procedures for exporting goods, including a clearer mechanism for submitting the goods export notification (PEB), which could be carried out periodically for certain types of goods. Other key provisions in the new regulation included those on export consolidation and the related obligations of freight companies, the mechanisms for the tracking and physical inspection of goods, and the loading and transportation of goods. These provisions were intended to support the efforts to improve the logistics system through the National Logistics Ecosystem (NLE). Nirwala also said exporters were expected to understand and comply with the new regulation before it became active on Jan. 1. He added that individuals could public “directly contact the Bravo customs contact center” on any provisions that remained unclear.

Source : thejakartapost

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