- What Do I Need To Know To Move My Household Goods To Indonesia?
- Will I Have To Pay Customs Duty Or Taxes?
- Can I Move My Private Vehicle To Indonesia?
- Help With Your Move Is Just A Call Or Click Away
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.
- 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.