To coordinate ongoing advocacies and upcoming activities a meeting was held on Wednesday, 6 September 2017. During the meeting, the Working Group shared the updates from the Customs Regorm Team. As of now, the Team is focusing more towards high risk import and reducing the high percentage of prohibited and restricted (LARTAS) goods. The Customs is currently reviewing few regulations for further revision.
Advocacy on simplification of LARTAS import licenses is being conducted following series of meetings with various ministries/agencies. Few letter of recommendations were submitted to help reduce the current high percentage of LARTAS goods that require additional licenses from technical ministries. During the meeting, the group also discussed the progress on taxation advocacy in logistics sector. Lastly, the meeting also shared updates on few newly issued regulations such as on Air Cargo Security, Freight Forwarding Services, and method of payment and handover of import goods and export goods.
In addition to policy updates, the Working Group also developed the content for the upcoming EU-Indonesia Business Dialogue. In addition, the Working Group will also support a dialogue organized by the EU Delegation on 29 September 2017 on Sustainable Innovative Transport Solutions. Ms. Violeta Bulc (European Commissioner for Transport) is expected to deliver a keynote speech in this event and the Head of EuroCham Transport and Logistics Working Group, Mr. Mathias Ruebke, will participate as one of the speakers.
EuroCham Finance & Tax Working Group recently organized an event titled “Managing Tax Risk for Multinational Companies”, discussing various issues in regards to taxation matters experienced by EuroCham members and other multinational companies.
Held on 5 September 2017, the event started with presentation by Mr. Sourav Seksaria (Head of Finance & Tax Working Group) regarding prior survey, which brought out, that there were significant higher tax audits in Indonesia in the last two years, and many companies were facing shortage in resources and competency to manage this higher scrutiny.
The Working Group also invited Mr. John Hutagaol (Director of International Taxation, Ministry of Finance), who gave presentation in regards to transfer pricing policy in Indonesia. In addition, Mr. Rofyanto Kurniawan from the Fiscal Policy Agency, also gave presentation on the overview fiscal and taxation policy in Indonesia.