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Limitations on Imported Goods Carried by Passengers from Abroad

Recently, there have been various spectacular music events held abroad, and soon, the extended holidays of Eid in 2024 are imminent. Consequently, many Indonesian citizens are anticipated to return from abroad carrying imported goods. However, before carrying imported goods to Indonesia, it is important to note that currently there are new limitations for passengers on carrying certain goods from abroad.

 

The Indonesian government, through the Ministry of Trade, has enforced regulations on imported goods carried by passengers from abroad as stipulated in Ministerial Regulation No. 3 of 2024, an amendment to Ministerial Regulation No. 36 of 2023 concerning Import Policies and Regulations.

Limitations on Imported Goods

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This regulation aims to facilitate regulated commerce, protect local industries, uphold legal compliance, ensure the well-being and security of the public, and foremost, enhance the efficacy of import regulations in Indonesia. Notable amendments in this regulation include alterations to permits, classifications, procedures for extending Import Permits, import protocols, and limitations on imported goods carried by passengers from abroad. Limitations on imported goods as provided in Annex I of Ministerial Regulation No. 3 of 2024 encompass non-commercial items such as:

 

  • passengers’ goods;
  • transport crews’ belongings;
  • items belonging to border crossers or international travelers.

 

Annex I of Ministerial Regulation No. 3 of 2024 also outlines the classification of imported goods that are limited. We will mention some types of goods commonly carried by passengers (per person) from abroad to Indonesia.

 

No.Specified GoodsLimit
1.Mobile Phones, Handheld Computers, Tablets2 unit
2.Bags purchased from Abroad2 Pieces
3.Footwear or Shoes and Sandals2 Pairs (FOB USD 1.500/person)
4.Electronic5 units/person (FOB USD 1.500/person)
5.PearlsFOB USD 1.500/person
6.ToysFOB USD 1.500/person
7.Animals/Animal Products, Rice, Corn, Sugar, Garlic, or Horticultural ProductsMaximum at 5 Kg (FOB USD 1.500/person)

 

*Animals/Animal Products for Border Crossers: by the Border Trade Agreement and/or prevailing regulations.

 

This regulatory framework applies to all international travelers, including Indonesian expatriates returning to the country. As a note, only personal belongings that are bought from abroad are considered carried imported goods, while items that have been used are not included in the limitations.

Limitations on Imported Goods

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The consequence of bringing imported goods exceeding the specified limits is an action against the Passenger, namely the imposition of import duties (customs duties & taxes) by the Directorate General of Customs and Excise of the Republic of Indonesia.

 

*in cases where there are differences in the maximum quantity or value of goods subject to Customs Duties the ASEAN Economic Community (MEA) reverts to Customs regulations.

 

Therefore, as mandated by the Minister of Finance through Ministerial Regulation Number 23 of 2017 concerning Provisions on the Export and Import of Goods Carried by Passengers and Transport Crews, every passenger from abroad is required to fill out an Electronic Customs Declaration (e-CD) upon arrival in Indonesia to ensure that customs notification has been completed.

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