Importing goods over the $1500 limit

wanderer

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The new regulations were introduced towards the end of 2018 and any items valued more than US$1500 required an API and NIK along with other supporting documents. I don't have the API or NIK at the time this was introduced.

With the new OSS and the NIB company registration number, the API and NIK are no longer issued and as far as I can tell, not required. The NIB I received lists that I have an API-U for importing.

My agent has told me that with this API-U that came with the NIB, I can import goods over the value of US$1500 using the NIB. I can't get concrete confirmation of this and there lies the problem.

I design specialised electronic systems and because of the low volumes, no local companies can offer me manufacturing services, at least not competitive enough on the price so I, therefore, have them manufactured in China through a company I know that offers excellent quality. As these are designed in-house, there are no import restrictions that I know of as nothing is on the import list of prohibited or restricted items but I am concerned that if I do import over the US$1500 that customs will block the shipment and request the API and NIK. The current import documents I receive from the couriers still reference them as a requirement. This did happen to me at the end of 2018 and I ended losing the project at a great loss. I have since then imported in small shipments up to the limit but that increases costs due to shipping charges on each shipment.

I know there are import companies who can import on your behalf but the commission payments are too high and I've been quoted anything from 30 to 50% of the value of the goods and that is on top of the duty payments.

Has anyone had to deal with this or can recommend a way forward?

PS. I have asked the import couriers but they have not confirmed anything concreted that I can work with.
 

jstar

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I fail to see that the replacement of both API+NIK by NIB would have an impact on (acceptance and value of) imported goods? The $1500 limit already existed of course before the 2018 change; so you just bypassed the whole import license process. Now it looks more that the HS code used and NIK/API-U combination raise(d) questions or a red flag? What does the agent say about the issues you had before the NIB?

You had bad experience getting the product in via Batam?
 

Pak Tani

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I know there are import companies who can import on your behalf but the commission payments are too high and I've been quoted anything from 30 to 50% of the value of the goods and that is on top of the duty payments.

Has anyone had to deal with this or can recommend a way forward?

PS. I have asked the import couriers but they have not confirmed anything concreted that I can work with.
I used JNE - Tiki for importing commercial items. You can 'borrow' their import license (QQ / under name) if you have a legal entity (like a CV or PT) to use. They charge 5% of the invoice value for this service. They can handle all the other import paperwork also. PM me if you want more details.
 

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