Information Session with Indonesian Directorate General of Taxes and Directorate General of Customs and Excise

As part of its role in supporting Dutch companies operating in Indonesia, the Embassy (Economic Department) organized a couple of Information Sessions with the Indonesian Directorate General of Taxes (DGT) and Directorate General of Customs and Excise (DGCE) to update the companies on “Procedures and Facilities in Response to COVID-19 Outbreak”.

The first session was organized together with DGT on 24 September, attended by 42 representatives of Dutch companies operating in Indonesia. On his Welcome Remarks, Joost Nuijten (Deputy Head of the Economic Dept. of the Embassy) thanked DGT for co-hosting the event, which was arranged virtually, given the circumstances. Joost also congratulated DGT for having an MoU on Tax Reform with the Dutch International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation (IBFD). Mr. John Hutagaol, Director for International Tax of DGT explained that following COVID-19, growth projections for Indonesia are down, forcing the Government to provide stimulus packages to address the needs on the Health sector, as well as to stimulate the economy to minimize the effects of COVID-19 on businesses and individuals. The second presenter was Mr. Bonar Sipayung from Directorate Tax Regulation I, who elaborated on the Value Added Tax (VAT) for e-Commerce. Presentations are available to access here and here.

The session with DGCE was organised on 15 October, also conducted virtually, hosted by KADIN Business Service Desk (BSD). On her Welcome Remarks, Guusta Visser (EA / Netherlands Customs Attaché) stated that the Information Session reflected the close cooperation between the two countries. Guusta also congratulated DGCE for its 74 years celebration the prior weekend. On his Opening Remarks, Mr. Martediansyah, Deputy Director of International Customs and Inter Agency of DGCE stated that the timing of the webinar is very precise during this unprecedented time to hear from the industry in connection with the role of DGCE to facilitate trade and ensure smooth flow of goods. Mr. Muhammad Yani from the Directorate of Customs Facility provided a presentation on “Customs Facilities in Response to COVID-19”, to help the industry better understand and make use of the facilities and incentives provided by the Government. Presentations are available to access here.