Indonesia Cancels New Rules on Importing Goods from Abroad

The Indonesian government has officially repealed Minister of Trade Regulation No. 36 of 2023 on the policy and regulation of imports, which was amended a month ago.
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This decision was made after a meeting at the Ministry of Economy on April 16, 2024, attended by representatives from the Ministry of Trade, Industry, and the main customs service of the Ministry of Finance. Regulation No. 36 has been removed, and they have reverted to the previous Regulation No. 25.
Now, there are still no restrictions for tourists on how many goods they can bring from abroad to Indonesia, especially regarding personal items such as electronics or clothing. However, there is still a tax restriction of $1500 USD per year for items imported for commercial purposes. This means you don't need to worry about how many or what kind of goods you can bring with you, as long as their value does not exceed the specified amount. If the value of the goods exceeds this amount, you will have to pay customs duty.
The previous stricter rules came into effect on March 10, 2024, sparking outrage in the country. Many internet users expressed their dissatisfaction. Those rules, for example, prohibited each person from bringing more than two pairs of shoes and limited the quantity of personal hygiene items such as diapers and pads to only 5 pieces per person.
According to Minister of Trade Zulfikli Hasan, the existing rules adequately assist frequent travelers while also protecting domestic trade.
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