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Moving to Indonesia from Canada

Moving to Indonesia from Canada
Moving to Indonesia from Canada

Indonesia is known for its tropical weather in the same way that Canada is known for its frigid winters. If you are moving to Indonesia from Canada, you are probably going to need a whole new wardrobe. Think: more swimsuit, less parka. 

Before you can start enjoying the beaches, you have to get there first. This guide is intended to give you the basics of moving to Indonesia from Canada. 

What do I need to know to move my household goods to Indonesia?  

Once you figure out how to get your household goods to Indonesia, you are halfway there. There are a number of ways you can move your items to Indonesia, depending on your timeline and budget. For air shipments, customs clearance can take up to 8 working days. For sea shipments, you can count on between 10-12 business days for a full container, and 12-15 business days for a less container load.  Air shipments, as the faster of the two options, is more expensive.

You will need to provide documentation for your goods when you present them to customs.  It is very important that all of your paperwork is complete and in order when you arrive. Failure to properly complete paperwork could result in significant delays or financial expenses. 

Required documents 

  • Work or Residency Permit
  • Valid Passport with Arrival Stamp
  • Boarding Pass used to enter Indonesia
  • Bill of Lading (original copy)
  • Detailed Packing List (this list should include a by-box inventory of every item, with serial numbers and ownership paperwork as necessary)

All customs shipments will go through a physical inspection by customs. This process can take a bit of time, so keep these timelines in mind as you plan your move.  Carefully review the list of prohibited or restricted items before you pack your items for shipping. 

Will I have to pay customs duty or taxes?  

Indonesian customs officials rely on a tariff schedule for imported goods. This schedule is based on the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System and is applied to all goods imported from countries that are not ASEAN member states, such as Canada.

Under the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System schedule, you will pay customs duties for your goods ranging from 0%-170%. On average, tariffs are usually less than 15%. 

As always, if you have questions about what this may look like for your particular situation, contact a shipping company or local customs officials for guidance. 

Can I move my private vehicle to Indonesia?  

With very few exceptions, no. As the rules are now, only diplomats are permitted to import a vehicle to Indonesia. That said, you may find that having your own vehicle in Indonesia is more trouble that its worth. Driving in Indonesia is perilous at best. Road conditions vary from okay to barely passable, washouts and landslides are fairly common, and Indonesian drivers and pedestrians seem to play by a very different set of rules than what you are accustomed to in Canada.

Your best option will be to leave your car in Canada, and plan to hire an Indonesian driver while you are in the country. They can get you wherever you need to go safely, saving you a lot of stress.

Help with your move is just a call or click away

Moving internationally is not for the faint of heart. You will have to navigate complex rules and regulations written in a language that is foreign to you. Fortunately, A-1 Auto Transport has a team of international shipping experts who speak the language of shipping and logistics. Working with us means not having to worry about your shipment being lost or being stuck with thousands in taxes and fees that you weren’t expecting. If you’d like a move that is stress- and drama-free, contact us today for your free, no-obligation shipping quote. 

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Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing. 

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood. 

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.

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It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.

And my choice in terms of auto transport has to be A1 Auto Transport. It’s in the name, but also in the quality with which they do their jobs. I’ve never had a problem with this company.

The only time my shipment was delayed was during winter when a snowstorm closed down all the major roads. And they still found an alternative and got my car delivered before roads got unstuck.

When I moved to West Virginia, they picked up my car the very day I called them. I like to think they take special care of me considering all the business I’ve sent them. I’ll continue to support A1 Auto Transport. It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

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I considered selling my car when I moved to Washington. It was old and rusty, but I grew attached to it. So, I called a couple companies to transport it to my new home, but they both fell through.

The first one couldn’t decide on a schedule. He would constantly change the pickup date till I got frustrated and canceled. The second was insufferable, very rude on the phone, even worse in person.

They started picking a part my car asking me why I still have it. If that’s their opinion of my vehicle, how can I trust they’ll take care of it? If something happened midway, why wouldn’t they just blame it on the car instead of paying up?

So, I cancelled this company as well and turned to A1 Auto Transport. From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!

If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought they were lacking customers, but the email spoke for itself. In just one email, everything I needed to know was there, including a contact number I could use to get more information or confirm the transport.

I called and got things rolling. I was very pleased with the driver. He followed standard procedure and represented his company well. Can’t remember his name, but props to him!

The car arrived in Washington 6 days later in excellent condition. From what I understand, the transport was delayed a bit by a storm, but since the time window was 4-6 days from the beginning, I don’t really care. You have my full support and recommendation!

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There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them.

After doing some research, I got even more worried reading about all the scams and accidents that can happen. But, I have work to do and couldn’t afford to drive my newly purchased Mini Cooper all the way to Virginia.

Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport. They are very good at their jobs. I spent more than an hour drilling Joe with various questions, and he never once lost his patience. He saw I was interested, so he bore with me until I was satisfied. The driver was also very courteous and my car was intact on arrival. I couldn’t have asked for more.

By the way, the price we first agreed on stayed the same. There were no delays or unexpected “surprises.” I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.

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We were abroad during the transport, so the transport was a bit tricky. The driver had to pick it up from storage on short notice and get it to its destination within at most 10 days. I was happy to note it arrived sooner. We got it 3 days early, right when we got home to pick it up. It made getting around way easier. Awesome service!

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