Import Tariffs

Includes information on average tariff rates and types that U.S. firms should be aware of when exporting to the market.

Last published date: 2019-10-13
Indonesia’s average most-favored-nation applied tariff is 6.9 percent. Indonesia periodically changes its applied rates and over the last five years has increased its applied tariff rates for a range of goods that compete with locally-manufactured products, including electronic products, electrical and non-electrical milling machines, chemicals, cosmetics, medicines, wine and spirits, iron wire and wire nails, and a range of agricultural products including milk products, animal and vegetable oils, fruit juices, coffee, and tea .Indonesia has a simple average bound tariff rate of 37 percent across products, which is much higher than its average applied tariff (see above). Most Indonesian tariffs on non-agricultural goods are bound at 40 percent, although tariff rates exceed 40 percent or remain unbound on automobiles, iron, steel, and some chemical products. In the agricultural sector, tariffs on more than 1,300 products have bindings at or above 40 percent. Tariffs on fresh potatoes, for instance, are bound at 50 percent, although the applied rate is 20 percent. The high bound tariff rates, combined with unexpected changes in applied rates, create uncertainty for foreign companies seeking to enter the Indonesian market.

In late 2016, Ministry of Finance issued regulation 182 of 2016, which levies a 7.5-percent charge on certain imported goods (known as “consignment goods”) shipped by business entities regardless of the tariff rate in Indonesia’s WTO and FTA schedules. Indonesia has extensive preferential trade relationships with other countries. Under the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement, duties on imports from ASEAN countries generally range from zero percent to 5 percent, except for products specified on exclusion lists. Indonesia also provides preferential market access to Australia, China, Japan, Korea, India, Pakistan, and New Zealand under regional ASEAN agreements and to Japan under a bilateral agreement.

Indonesia is participating in negotiations for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, which includes the ten ASEAN members and six additional countries (Australia, China, India, Japan, Korea, and New Zealand).