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Moving to Indonesia from the USA

If you are moving to Indonesia from the USA, SDC International Shipping will arrange for you the most convenient and affordable way to ship household items.   

We offer standard shipping services. These include international freight transport solutions, packing services, import and export customs clearance, door-to-port and door-to-door services, warehousing, international moving insurance, etc. 

Our agents take the time to listen to your logistics needs, organize your shipment to meet all international regulations, and get your belongings in scheduled timeframes. 

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International Household Mover to Indonesia Via Sea Freight 

If you are moving to Indonesia from the USA and aren’t in a rush, ocean freight is the best option. 

Our shipping coordinators will discuss the details of your shipment and pull from a range of ocean freight options to secure the timings of your shipment. 

Whether you need to reserve FCL (Full than Container Load) or LCL (Less than Container Load) for your home belongings, SDC International Shipping experts will treat each shipment with care and attention. 

International Household Mover to Indonesia Via Air Freight

Airfreight is the right choice if you need to ship your household goods quickly because it is fast. Your shipment will reach Indonesia in 2-3 days. It is more expensive than sea freight but an excellent and safe solution for sensitive cargo, such as fine art or piano. 

Although air freight comes with a high price, our logistics team will help you pick the most cost-effective air freight forwarding solution despite the volume of your shipment. 

Documents You Need to Ship Household Items to Indonesia 

You can ship household items duty-free, given that these are intended for personal use only, and they have been in your possession for at least one year. Also, they should arrive within three months of your arrival in Indonesia. Only one shipment of personal belongings is allowed duty-free. Indonesian customs are very strict, and do not doubt that your shipment will be 100% inspected. 

You must be in the country to clear your shipment and present the following documents: 

  • Passport (original)
  • Visa 
  • Residence permit (KITAS card) valid for at least 12 months
  • Packing list (original) in English, including one copy, faxed to a service agent 
  • Bill of Lading (original and copy) and another copy faxed in advance
  • Non-negotiable Bill of Lading
  • Surat Kuasa –a letter of authorization to the destination agent 
  • Letter from Indonesian Embassy stating your residency in Indonesia (for returning citizens only)
  • Diploma or school certificate (for returning students)
  • Letter of Assignment or reassignment by your employer (for returning citizens)

Important: Indonesia doesn’t allow the shipping of cars and motor vehicles. This also means that you can’t include any kind of auto parts in your shipping container. These are prohibited items, and violating Indonesian customs rules will considerably delay clearance and add up charges significantly.   

When moving to Indonesia from the USA, the most crucial part is ensuring that you collect the right documentation and meet many other customs regulations. At SDC, we have a dedicated team of pros that cater to every requirement related to your shipment. We help our clients declare and obtain necessary clearance and undergo customs inspections of household cargo. 

Packing Household Items for Shipping to Indonesia 

Whether we send your personal belongings by sea or air, you will need to pack them. You can do it yourself or hire our highly professional packing crew. They are trained to pack and wrap different types of household goods to ensure that your things reach you safely and free from any damage. 

After we survey the items you want to ship, you can discuss with our relocation agent various packing options. You can rely on our assistance for packing, cushioning and sealing in any scenario. 

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Main Shipping Ports in Indonesia

If you are moving to Jakarta or any other place on the Island of Java, your shipping container is likely to be shipped to the port of Tanjung Priok in Jakarta. It is also the major shipping port in Indonesia. Other ports that receive household and commercial containers are Belawan, Makassar, and Sorong. 

How Long Does It Take To Ship to Indonesia

Transit times from the USA to Indonesia vary depending on the transit mode and shipping method. For example, ocean freight via FCL shipment usually takes 7-9 weeks for door-to-door service, while an LCL shipment takes 9-11 weeks. 

Airfreight is very fast, but the total transit time with customs clearance will be approximately two weeks. 

Additional Moving Services We Provide

In addition to shipping and packing your belongings, we provide the following ultimate solutions: 

Remember that these services won’t be included in the initial estimate you will receive after filling out an online quote form. The exact shipping price will be given after we survey your items and discuss all the details of your move.  

Moving to Indonesia with SDC International Shipping

SDC International Shipping can ease the burden of moving to Indonesia. We can create a custom plan to meet your relocation needs. From full-service moving to packing, SDC International Shipping will be your guide through the entire shipping process. “I was moving to Indonesia for work from Dallas and SDC organized every part of my move, including paperwork. The movers showed up on time. After a few weeks, my shipment arrived safe and nothing was broken. They definitely deserve credit for the work they did on my removal.” – Robert S.

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