Published: Friday, 27 May 2016

Asia Pacific Superyachts (APS) Indonesia reported a 50% reduction in the costs of bringing a yacht to Indonesia.

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(Photos: APS - Raja Ampat)

This follows law changes made to the framework of the Yacht Clearance Process by the Indonesian Government earlier this year.

"APS was heavily involved in an advisory capacity to the Government of Indonesia throughout the process to streamline clearances," reports Operations Manager Thomas Taatjes. "But we didn't really know how this would reflect financially. However, after bringing a few yachts in under the new system, not only is the whole process faster, it is also far cheaper. We are thrilled to be able to pass this onto our clients."

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Major changes to procedures reported by APS Indonesia are as follows:

  • No more CAIT. Thus no more one-month lead time to obtain permits. The Cruising Declaration only takes 24 hours for APS to process once it has all the documents from the boat.
  • Faster, more streamlined clearance. APS Clearance Team has 90% already completed when the yacht arrives. After a short inspection and a few documents signed by Captain, the process finishes.
  • A significant decrease in costs of Clearance. APS deals directly with each department instead of employing any middlemen. This can cut costs by more than 50%.
  • No more PIB. This Customs Bond has haunted the industry for a decade. The removal of it reduces costs significantly and speeds up the arrival process considerably.

APS Indonesia, established in 2008, is the leading superyacht support team in Indonesia. The agency has brought close to 300 yachts into Indonesia.

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"When we started, our clients were classified as a military threat," reports APS Indonesia Director Richard Lofthouse. "To say it was a challenge is a massive understatement. But our clients’ experiences were so mind-blowing that they kept coming back. We have gradually established an industry and an authentic yachting destination in Indonesia. We are sincerely grateful to the Government of Indonesia for recognising and adapting policy to help yachting in Indonesia grow. So far the results are fantastic and our clients are thrilled when they get our bill which is a pretty cool position to be in!"