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Shipping Your Household Goods to Indonesia

The following documents are required by Indonesian Customs (Direktorat Jenderal Bea dan Cukai) to clear shipments into Indonesia:

For Foreigners Moving to Indonesia:

For Diplomatic/Semi Diplomatic visa holders moving to Indonesia:

Note: PP8/PP19 must be applied by the Embassy/Organisation in Jakarta to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Republic of Indonesia (for Diplomatic); to the Ministry of Secretariat of the Republic of Indonesian (for Semi Diplomatic).

For Indonesia Citizens Returning to Indonesia after living abroad:

In order to obtain DUTY-FREE importation of household goods shipment and in addition to having completed detailed as above, the following regulations MUST also be observed;

Customs Clearance

All shipments undergo Physical Inspection by the Customs at the air terminal / se port.

The average time for clearance after arrival:

Note: Working days are Monday to Friday only.

Indonesian Customs Office

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AUTOMOBILES (Incl. Cars, Motorbikes, Motorized Buggy/ATV) - Only allowed for certain levels of diplomats. It is prohibited for all non- diplomats.

EXPLOSIVES, ARMS AND AMMUNITION - These items are strictly prohibited. Air rifles are also considered as arms, so they are also prohibited from being imported.

FOOD ITEMS - Non-perishable food items may be imported in small amounts. Items in cans and other durable packaging in reasonable amounts are allowed for import.

ELECTRONICS - All electronics must have had at least one-year-old of usage. Any new items will be subject to duties. Generally, only one of each major appliance (refrigerator, stove, big flat TV) and reasonable quantities of electronic devices are allowed in duty free.

CD’s, DVD’s, VCD’s, Video/Audio Tapes - These items can be imported in ‘reasonable’ quantities providing they are not new, pornographic or politically sensitive.

STATUES - Although these items are not considered as prohibited items, but they are considered as very sensitive items (due to recent smuggling cases). Customs will hold and take them to Indonesian Directorate of History and Archaeology to be examined. This process can last for 4 - 9 months until a decision is made that the statues are not antiquities. Any supporting documentation e.g. certificates from origin customs, will assist to expedite the clearance process.

DRUGS AND MEDICINE - These items are not allowed to be imported in Household Goods shipments without a permit from BPOM. There is also a fee required to submit to BPOM. It is recommended to hand carry everyday medicines and only bring normal household quantities.

WINE & LIQUOR & TOBACCO - Importing alcohol (wine, spirits & beer) and tobacco is strictly prohibited. Import of alcohol is allowed for diplomats but limited to annual quota agreed by the local Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the respective embassies in the country.

PETS - Santa Fe can arrange for import licenses for Pets coming from Rabies free countries only. There is no limit on how many pets you can import. However, duty charges per pet will apply. Santa Fe can provide details of expected duties on request. Please always check with us whenever you receive a requirement for pets’ shipment to Indonesia.

Download a copy of the 2023 FIDI Customers Guide for Indonesia

IMPORTANT: If supporting document cannot be provided (only passport is available), then the shipment will not be allowed through Customs, and will need to be re-exported or will be sold or destroyed by Customs.

This information is intended for general guidance and correct at the time of printing. We cannot however take responsibility for any errors, omissions or for any loss or damage that may occur from its use.


Last updated November 10, 2023