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Jakarta Post

Seven things you need to know about the new e-commerce regulation

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, December 12, 2019   /  12:56 pm
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Goods sit on shelves ready for shipping in an e-commerce distribution center of Chinese online shopping giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. in Domodedovo, Russia.(Bloomberg/Andrey Rudakov)

Government Regulation No. 80/2019 on e-commerce came into effect immediately after being signed by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Nov. 25 and applies to domestic and foreign e-commerce companies alike. The regulation lays out a number of rules related to licensing, data, consumer protection, taxation and local products, among other things. It will serve as an umbrella regulation to promote ease of doing business and protect consumers, Trade Minister Agus Suparmanto said on Monday. Indonesia E-Commerce Association (idEA) chairman Ignatius Untung said the regulation was meant to create a level playing field between e-commerce companies and brick-and-mortar businesses. "It is said that offline retail stores pushed the government to issue the regulation to create a level playing field. But I think we already have a level playing field. The knowledge gap betwee...