Indonesia Exempts Books, Films, and More from $100 Import Ban on E-commerce

Indonesia has excluded books, films, software, and music from its $100 import ban on e-commerce platforms, aiming to accommodate specific goods. This decision impacts the country’s vibrant e-commerce market, with a significant population that embraces online shopping and transactions.

2 November 2023 – Indonesia has decided to exempt books, films, software, and music from its recent ban on the import of products priced below $100 via e-commerce platforms, as announced by Senior Minister Airlangga Hartarto. The ban on low-value imports had been implemented in September, but these exceptions aim to address specific goods.

With a population of over 270 million, Indonesia is a substantial market for regional e-commerce companies, including Sea’s Shopee and Alibaba’s Lazada.

The move to ban e-commerce transactions on social media platforms in September, including popular short video app TikTok owned by China’s ByteDance, has been another notable development in Indonesia’s e-commerce landscape. – ref: Reuters

Author: Terry KS

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