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GOVERNMENT AMENDS REGULATION ON IMPORT OF ANIMAL AND ANIMAL PRODUCT

Provision on export and import of animal as well as animal product is regulated under Regulation of Ministry of Trade Number 05/M-DAG/ PER/1/2016 on Provision on Export and Import of Animal and Animal Product (“Permendag No. 5/2016”). On 23 May 2016, government has amended Permendag No. 5/2016 with Regulation of Ministry of Trade Number 27 of 2016 (“Permendag No. 37/2016”). This edition of Regulation In-Depth will focus on several changes on provision of import regulated under Permendag No. 37/2016.

The first difference between Permendag No. 5/2016 and Permendag No. 37/2016 is on the objective of utilization and distribution. On Permendag No. 5/2016, the objective of utilization and distribution are designated for industry, hotel, restaurant, catering, and/or any other special needs, while Permendag No. 37/2016 adds the objective of utilization and distribution for market that has cold-chain facility, and/or any other special needs.

In addition, Permendag No. 37/2016 obliges a company that has obtained approval to export and companies owner of API (Identification Number of Importer), BUMN (State- Owned Company), and BUMD (Local Government-Owned Company) that have obtained approval to import to convey report electronically for the implementation of export on animal and or animal product, or implementation of import on animal and or animal product either realized or not realized that are conducted electronically by attaching:

(i) export or import realization control card that has been signed by the custom officer, for type of animal and animal product that have not been exposed with provision on record of export or import realization through electronic means and or port that has not been connected with Indonesian National Single Window (INSW); as well as

(ii) notice of export on goods and notice of import on goods, for type of animal and animal’s product that have been exposed with provision on record of export or importrealization through electronic means and or port that has been connected with INSW. Attachment of such documents are not required under Permendag No. 5/2016.

Permendag No. 5/2016 limits type of animal and animal product that may be imported as mentioned in the attachment. However, Permendag No. 37/2016 provides looseness on type of animal and animal’s product that may be imported by not limiting import activity should the type of animal and animal product that have obtained approval to import from Directorate General of Foreign Trade of Ministry of Trade of the Republic of Indonesia by enclosing recommendation from Head of National Agency of Drugs and Food Controls or official appointed by Head of National Agency of Drugs and Food Controls for import of processed animal’s product and recommendation from Minister of Agriculture or official appointed by Minister of Agriculture for import of processed animal’s product that has risk of zoonosis.

-AFJ-