A Guide to Shipping to Indonesia
The major islands include the Sundra islands, the Maluku islands and the New Guinea islands (part of which is shared with Papua New Guinea). The country’s capital city, Jakarta, is a popular place for expats to relocate to. Bali is another common expat location as are some areas in the Papua region.
The climate in Indonesia is hot and tropical and the country can offer the expat many experiences and opportunities to explore. The country has many beautiful beaches, jungles and mountainous areas providing access to many outdoor activities. The country is certainly the place for an exciting expat adventure and the chance to live in a culturally and historically rich nation.
Customs Requirements for Shipping to Indonesia
The following regulations are applicable to foreigners (i.e. non Indonesians):
The shipper will need to import his / her items within three months of arrival in Indonesia for duty free entry. The date of arrival will be classed as the date on the Immigration admission stamp in your passport.
The following documents will need to be provided in order to clear customs in Indonesia and for the household goods to be imported into the country:
- Original passport with arrival stamp
- Original residence permit (KITAS)
- Original work permit (IMTA)
- Authorization letter with duty stamp
The residence permit and the work permit must be valid for at least 12 months otherwise duties can occur.
It is very important that these documents are provided when Shipping to Indonesia when requested and also that they meet the required validity periods (i.e. 12 months) otherwise the shipment will not be able to be imported or duty / tax could be payable.
Foreign citizens (i.e. non-Indonesians) are only allowed to import 1 x sea shipment and 1 x air shipment duty and tax free per family unit. If taking an air shipment, this must arrive before the sea shipment.
Each family unit is only allowed to import duty free a ‘reasonable’ amount of major appliances and electronic items. Therefore, 1 of each of the following: 1 x fridge, 1 x stove, 1 x freezer, 1 x stereo and 1 x TV. For any additional items, duty will be payable.
Returning Indonesians can ship their household effects back into Indonesia provided that they have lived abroad for a minim period of one year in gainful employment.
Allow 7-9 weeks approximately door to door
Allow 9-11 weeks approximately door to door
Air Freight Shipments to Indonesia
Allow approximately 2 weeks door to door.
Politically or culturally sensitive material
Statues aresubject to be checked by the Indonesian Archaeology department. A copy of the invoice for the statue and the Certificate of Origin will be required.
CDs / DVDs / Books
CDs, DVDs and books can be imported providing they are in reasonable quantities and not politically or culturally sensitive.
A detailed listing of all titles must be provided and the items will be subject to censorship. There is a censorship fee for this which can be expensive. The censor time is undefined.
Additional Customs Information
- If duty is required, the amount depends on the size and weight of the shipment and where it originates from.
- Retirees shipping to Indonesia will be required to pay tax and duty on the import of their household effects.
- Any items in original factory cartons are classified as new and may be dutiable.
Customs Requirements can change at a regular basis so please contact us to receive the latest copy of our Customs Guide to Indonesia or if you would like further advice or guidance. Experienced personnel are always on hand to provide relevant and up to date information applicable to your destination country.