The Jakarta Post
The government has slashed some bureaucratic procedures for the issuance of licenses and for documentation requirements at the customs office to facilitate import and export activities.
The processing time for permits used to import materials for exported goods had been cut to just one hour from the previous 30 days, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said on Tuesday.
The licensing process for stocking goods in bonded zones is also cut to one hour from the previous 10 days.
"As for the issuance of identification numbers for importers, we can now do it in three days instead of the previous 10 days," she said during a meeting with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and custom facilities users in Cileungsi, Bogor, West Java.
She guaranteed that tax refunds could now be processed within one month instead of one year. President Jokowi had himself lamented the long wait for tax refunds, based on his own experience when he was a businessman.
"Pak President used to say that the refund could take more than a year, he had been through this himself. Now it is one month," Sri Mulyani said.
She added that licenses for operations in bonded zones now required the submission of just three documents instead of the previous 45. The process now could be done online. (bbn)