TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - As per Thursday, July 23, 2015, imported alcoholic beverages will be given an import tax of up to 150 percent - as outlined by the Finance Minister Decree No. 132/PMK.010/2015 on the Classification and Taxation of Imported Goods.
The decree was signed by Finance Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro on July 8, 2015 - which was then passed as a Law by the Minister for Law and Human Rights Affairs, Yasonna Laoly.
"The decree becomes effective and binding, 14 days after it is passed as a Law," according to a statement loaded on the Ministry of Finance's website.
Under the new regulation, imported goods will be slapped an import tax of between 5-150 percent - the maximum percentage of which will be charged to imported alcoholic beverages with an alcohol content of less than 80 percent alcohol by volume (a.b.v).
Alcoholic beverages which will be subject to 150 percent import tax include brandy, gin, whiskey, rum, and several other sweet liqueurs - while cider, sake, and other rice- based spirits will be subjected to a 90 percent import taxes.
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