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On 3 July 2020, EuroCham was invited by the Director of International Customs and Inter-agency of the Directorate General of Customs and Excise, R. Syarif Hidayat, to a workshop on two draft regulations on Procedures for Imposition of Import Duty based on ASEAN-Hong Kong, China Free Trade Agreement (AHKFTA) and Regulation on Procedures for Imposition of Import Duty based on Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership (IA-CEPA). These two regulations were finally issued under the Minister of Finance Regulation No. 80 and No. 82 of 2020 in the following weekend and takes effect on 4 July and 5 July 2020 respectively.
An introduction of the upcoming changes was presented by Martediansyah, Deputy Director of International Cooperation, and Leni Rachmasari, Head of Section for Region II from the Customs Main Office. These two regulations stipulate the requirements and conditions for import of most goods coming from the two regions in relation with its import duty tariffs. Reportedly most goods can be zero rated instead have to be imposed by general tariff of 10%. EuroCham were represented at the Meeting by the Head and Deputy of the EuroCham Import-Export Procedures Working Group, as well as the Deputy of the Transport and Logistics Working Group.
On 1 July 2020, EuroCham was invited to attend a Focus Group Discussion organized by the National Agency for Food and Drug Control (BPOM). The event discussed the issuance of BPOM Regulation No. 8/2020 on the Supervision of Drugs and Food that are Distributed Online. Chaired by Dra. Reri Indriani, Apt., M.Si (the Deputy for Supervision of Processed Food), the event specifically discussed the stipulation of Article 29, which prohibits the online distribution of alcoholic beverages.
In this occasion, representatives from the alcoholic beverages associations as well as EuroCham provided their inputs on the specific article. In view of the current condition, all industries have begun to further optimize the use of online distribution channels to ensure business continuity. Upon hearing the concerns and inputs from the associations, BPOM stated that they will discuss the matter further with the Ministry of Trade to review the stipulation of Article 29. Moreover, BPOM also stated that they will prepare an official statement to not implement Article 29 thereby allowing alcoholic beverages industries to be distributed online.