Frequently Asked Questions about Starting a Business in Indonesia

When you get contacted by 5-10 foreign investors every day about starting a business in Indonesia, you’ll quickly see that most of the questions start repeating. Most probably somebody already had exactly the same question that you are having. That’s why we’ve decided to put together this guide of frequently asked questions about start a…read more

Acquisition of Company in Indonesia

Are you considering acquiring a company in Indonesia? There are two common scenarios which we are going to cover in this article: Acquiring a locally owned company (100% of shares are owned by Indonesian nationals and/or companies) Acquiring a PT PMA (some or all shares are owned by foreign investors)

Why You Should Get Permanent Business License for Your PT PMA

After the lengthy incorporation process you might expect that you’ve managed to beat the bureaucracy and your company is finally set to conquer the Indonesian market. But there is one license every business still needs to acquire – permanent business license. Let’s look more closely what is it and why you will want to get…read more

Starting Ecommerce Business in Indonesia

Indonesia will have over 100 million internet users in 2015, growing 22% compared to the previous year (Markplus Insights, 2014). Driven by such massive numbers, more and more businesses and investors are looking at starting an ecommerce business in Indonesia.

2015 New Work Permit Regulations in Indonesia

2015 has brought several important changes to the regulations concerning work permits (IMTA) and temporary stay permits (KITAS) in Indonesia. The changes have been substantial enough that every company hiring foreign employees should be aware of them.

Business visa in Indonesia – How To Get It?

Business visa is a visa for foreign nationals that wish to conduct business activities or study the market in Indonesia.

Visa and Business Benefits of Being Married to an Indonesian Spouse

Other than the growing economy, rich natural resources and huge domestic market, one of the main reasons foreign nationals decide to move to Indonesia is getting romantically involved with an Indonesian partner.

Representative Office of Foreign Trade Company (K3PA)

There are three legal entity types for foreing companies in Indonesia – limited liability company (PT PMA), general representative office (KPPA) and representative office of foreign trade company (K3PA). In this article we go over the key aspects of representative office of foreign trade company – what is it and when to choose that as…read more

Setting Up Factory (Manufacturing) In Indonesia

In order to set up factory in Indonesia a company has to go through three stages – (1) company incorporation, (2) construction and (3) permanent business license. What many investors are not fully aware of is that Indonesian government favors manufacturing investments and offers several incentives for companies doing so.

New Negative Investment List Closes Many Industries but Creates Opportunities For Some

News sites have preemptively published stories about the upcoming new negative investment list for some time. After the release of the actual new negative investment list (DNI) we can now finally put an end to rumors and look what it means for the foreign investors. Let’s look closer the President Regulation no. 39 Year 2014,…read more

Frequently Asked Questions about Starting a Business in Indonesia

When you get contacted by 5-10 foreign investors every day about starting a business in Indonesia, you’ll quickly see that most of the questions start repeating. Most probably somebody already had exactly the same question that you are having. That’s why we’ve decided to put together this guide of frequently asked questions about start a…read more

Acquisition of Company in Indonesia

Are you considering acquiring a company in Indonesia? There are two common scenarios which we are going to cover in this article: Acquiring a locally owned company (100% of shares are owned by Indonesian nationals and/or companies) Acquiring a PT PMA (some or all shares are owned by foreign investors)

Why You Should Get Permanent Business License for Your PT PMA

After the lengthy incorporation process you might expect that you’ve managed to beat the bureaucracy and your company is finally set to conquer the Indonesian market. But there is one license every business still needs to acquire – permanent business license. Let’s look more closely what is it and why you will want to get…read more

Starting Ecommerce Business in Indonesia

Indonesia will have over 100 million internet users in 2015, growing 22% compared to the previous year (Markplus Insights, 2014). Driven by such massive numbers, more and more businesses and investors are looking at starting an ecommerce business in Indonesia.

2015 New Work Permit Regulations in Indonesia

2015 has brought several important changes to the regulations concerning work permits (IMTA) and temporary stay permits (KITAS) in Indonesia. The changes have been substantial enough that every company hiring foreign employees should be aware of them.

Representative Office of Foreign Trade Company (K3PA)

There are three legal entity types for foreing companies in Indonesia – limited liability company (PT PMA), general representative office (KPPA) and representative office of foreign trade company (K3PA). In this article we go over the key aspects of representative office of foreign trade company – what is it and when to choose that as…read more

Setting Up Factory (Manufacturing) In Indonesia

In order to set up factory in Indonesia a company has to go through three stages – (1) company incorporation, (2) construction and (3) permanent business license. What many investors are not fully aware of is that Indonesian government favors manufacturing investments and offers several incentives for companies doing so.

Using Nominee Shareholders the Safe Way

Many industries in Indonesia are closed or with limited allowed foreign ownership. In the past we’ve been regularly warning investors against nominee arrangements as an unsafe practice. However, there is a safe alternative to nominee arrangements which we are going to introduce in this article. This option allows you to run your business that is…read more

Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) License for Foreign Companies In Indonesia

In Indonesia almost everyone is an entrepreneur in some scale. Because of that MLM companies have done very well in Indonesia. And many more are looking to enter the market. But many of them are doing it the wrong way – without the correct license – and the government is investigating it harder than ever…read more

Cosmetic Product Registration In Indonesia

Every cosmetic product imported to Indonesia must first get approval from BPOM (Indonesian Agency for Drug And Food Control). Just like in any other country, right? There’s just one thing… BPOM considered every variation of a product a separate item. So if you’d want to import a lipstick brand that has brown, red and orange…read more

Company Restructuring in Indonesia

If you’ve talked with Indosight consultants, which you probably have, you’ve heard us saying things like “be clear about your location, business activities, shareholders etc. from the beginning”. There’s a good reason for that. Making changes in your company activities, location or shareholders all require a considerable amount of time and legal paperwork. However, most…read more

Hiring Foreign Nationals In Indonesia

If you are planning to start a company in Indonesia and hire a lot of foreign nationals as employees you might want to think again. In fact, the number of work permits issued has been declining in recent years and reached only 68,957 in 2013. Indonesian government is very concerned about how many foreigner nationals…read more

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