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The Hong Kong-ASEAN Free Trade Agreement: Capitalising on the New Opportunities

23 April 2018

The newly signed FTA and Investment Agreement between Hong Kong and ASEAN will open up new business opportunities for Hong Kong. This, together with the full investment protection offered to Hong Kong...Read More


INDONESIA: New Industrial Cluster Kicks-off Country’s Halal Charm Offensive

19 April 2018

A halal-focussed industrial cluster is set to be established in the Batamindo Industrial Park on Batam Island (Riau Islands Province), set 60 km to the south of the Indonesia-Singapore border....Read More


INDONESIA: Streamlined Approval Procedures Introduced for Overseas Workers

12 April 2018

In a bid to streamline the required work permit/residence approval process, would-be foreign workers are to be permitted to file a single application for both the Limited Stay Visa (Visa Tinggal Terba...Read More


INDONESIA: Project Value Now Sole Criterion for FDI Tax Exemption

4 April 2018

As a change in investment strategy, the overall value of an FDI-funded project will be the sole criterion in determining its Corporate Income Tax (CIT) exemption entitlement under the country’s invest...Read More


INDONESIA: Import Permit Processing for Export Inputs Cut to Just One Hour

3 April 2018

Import permits for raw materials and other inputs required for the manufacture of export goods in Indonesia can now be secured in just one hour, a massive improvement on the previous 30-day turnaround...Read More


INDONESIA: Corporate Income Tax Rate Cut from 1% to 0.5% for SMEs

14 March 2018

The annual preferential corporate income tax (CIT) rate for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Indonesia has been cut from 1% to 0.5%....Read More


BRI Proves Direct Route into Indonesia for Mainland Manufacturers

8 March 2018

One of the incidental benefits of the far-reaching Belt and Road Initiative is the opportunities it has opened up for mainland businesses throughout Southeast Asia, with Indonesia emerging as one of t...Read More


INDONESIA: Sales Tax and Import Duty Set to be Cut for Electric Vehicles

5 March 2018

A 40% luxury goods tax that is currently imposed on the sale of electric vehicles (EVs) in Indonesia is set to be abolished....Read More


INDONESIA: First Details of Revised FDI Incentive Regime Emerge

23 Feb 2018

The first details of the planned overhaul of the country’s FDI-related incentive schemes have emerged, with news that the number of business sectors eligible for tax allowances (including corporate in...Read More


INDONESIA: Clarification Issued on Import of Uncertified Toys

31 Jan 2018

The National Standardisation Agency of Indonesia has issued a series of clarifications with regard to the import of overseas-manufactured toys. Firstly, named individuals will be entitled to receive s...Read More


Indonesia Spurns Digital Distractions In Favour of Traditional Toys

12 Jan 2018

Given their strong showing at the Indonesia International Toys & Kids Expo, traditional toys remain a firm favourite in Asia's third-most populous country, with construction sets, magic clay and anima...Read More


INDONESIA: Major Overhaul of Investment Incentives Looms

11 Jan 2018

The country is to review its range of FDI-related incentive schemes amid concerns that many of its current offerings are either too complex for potential investors or out-of-step with the contemporary...Read More


INDONESIA: Police Set to Ensure E-commerce Import Compliance with National Standards

10 Jan 2018

The police may be called upon to ensure that all e-commerce imports comply with the requirements of the Indonesian National Standards (Standardisasi Nasional Indonesia – SNIs) system, according to a r...Read More


INDONESIA: Incorporation Process for FDI-Backed Businesses Cut to 24 Hours

5 Jan 2018

Overseas-backed limited companies can now be established in just 24 hours under the country’s newly-adopted Investment Registration (Pendaftaran Investasi or PI) system....Read More


INDONESIA: Compulsory Registration Looms for E-Commerce Businesses

21 Dec 2017

All of the country’s e-commerce businesses will be obliged to register with the Trade Ministry under proposals set to be adopted before the end of the year....Read More


INDONESIA: Import Tariffs Mooted for All Consumer Products Bought Through E-commerce Channels

13 Dec 2017

Import taxes are proposed to be imposed upon entry into Indonesia of all shipments of consumer products ordered through e-commerce platforms, with no date as yet announced for the implementation....Read More


ASEAN Consumer Survey: Hong Kong Awareness and Enjoyment

7 Dec 2017

The rise of middle income consumers in ASEAN countries keeps fueling growth of spending on many lifestyle products and services, including travel and leisure, healthcare and fashion. In the survey con...Read More


ASEAN Consumer Survey: E-Commerce Potential

5 Dec 2017

The ASEAN region is often considered a potential next ‘gold rush’ for e-commerce thanks to a growing middle class and rising internet penetration. A survey by HKTDC Research revealed that the ‘path to...Read More


ASEAN Consumer Survey: Consumer Preferences

30 Nov 2017

The rise of middle-income consumers continues to fuel sales growth of many products and services in ASEAN markets, including travel and leisure activities, as well as healthcare and fashion products. ...Read More


Affluent Indonesian Electronics Buyers Targeted by Chinese Exporters

28 Nov 2017

With Indonesia's 260-million strong population suddenly more cash rich than ever before, many mainland exporters in the electronics and home-appliance sectors have recently woken up to the potential o...Read More

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