Indonesia has the potential to be the world’s seventh-largest economy by 2030, and measures are in place to further remove business barriers.
The EU is currently Indonesia’s third largest trading partner and one of its main foreign direct investors. To improve business relations, Ireland’s Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin TD, visited Indonesia in 2013.
Sources: GOV.UK, Jakarta Post, McKinsey & Company
For more detailed information when trading with Indonesia, download our Indonesia Fact Sheet.
Read more detailed
information about Indonesia
Gateways into the Country: 6
Number of Service Centres: 21
DHL Delivery Zone: 7
Vehicle Fleet: 240
|Indonesia: Country Profile|
|Capital:||Jakarta||EXPORTS FROM INDONESIA|
|Population:||251,160,124 (July 2013 est.)||Exports from
|US$ 178.9 billion (2013 est.)|
|Area:||1,904,569 sq km||Export Commodities:||Oil and gas, electrical appliances, plywood, textiles, rubber|
|Currency:||1 rupiah (IDR) = 100 sen||Top Export Destinations:||Germany, Japan, USA, Singapore, Australia, UK, China|
|GDP:||US$ 1.285 trillion (2013 est.)||IMPORTS INTO INDONESIA|
|Time Zones:||UTC+7 (Indonesia Western Time); UTC+8 (Indonesia Central Time); UTC+9 (Indonesia Eastern Time); no daylight savings observed||Imports into
|US$ 178.6 billion (2013 est.)|
|Languages:||Bahasa Indonesia (official, modified form of Malay), English, Dutch, local dialects (of which the most widely spoken is Javanese)||Import Commodities:||Machinery and equipment, chemicals, fuels, foodstuffs|
|Ethnic Groups:||Javanese 40.6%, Sundanese 15%, Madurese 3.3%, Minangkabau 2.7%, Betawi 2.4%, Bugis 2.4%, Banten 2%, Banjar 1.7%, other or unspecified 29.9% (2000 census)||Top Import Origins:||USA, Japan, China, Germany, Sweden, Singapore, India, Hong Kong|
|The times provided for
are based on the time
expected for Customs
in Indonesia to clear
the shipment. This is
contingent upon the
value of the shipment.
|Destination||Non-Dutiable Shipment||Dutiable Shipment|
|Jakarta||2 days||3 days|
|Balikpapan||4 days||4 days|
|Batam||3 days||3 days|
|Medan||4 days||4 days|
|Surabaya||2 days||3 days|
Import duty applies for all goods shipments: Duty: 0-20%, VAT: 10-20%, Income Tax 2.5-15% (7.5% if the receiver has a tax number; 2.5% if the receiver has a tax number and import identification number).
For all express companies and forwarders the importer must provide the original Power of Attorney (POA) letter, which must be renewed monthly. The receiver must clear Bonded Zone shipments exceeding 100 kg / 220 lb.
More information on import licences and regulations: http://eservice.insw.go.id
Document shipments exceeding 10 kg / 22 lb must be sent as goods.
Compact discs and computer software, including optical discs
Importation without permit only valid for individual receivers; shipment must be less than ten pieces. If shipping to a corporate name and address, obtain surveyor certificate & import permit from Indonesia’s Ministry of Trade before shipping.
Cellular / mobile phones / smartphones including accessories & components, handheld computers including PDAs and palmtops, radar equipment including transmitters and receivers, telecommunication equipment
Up to two devices: exempt from licensing requirements. More than two devices: shipper to obtain surveyor certificate before shipment. Receiver must be a Registered Importer for the device and obtain Import Approval from Indonesia’s Ministry of Industry.
Receiver to obtain certificate from Indonesia’s Directorate General of Food and Drug Control.
Animal skins, including raw leather materials (not finished goods)
Shipper to obtain Certificate of Origin and Certificate of Health. Receiver to obtain import licence and quarantine permit from Indonesia’s Ministry of Agriculture. Contact DHL Customer Services for further information.
Coffee & coffee samples and seeds including cotton seed
Receiver requires quarantine permit from Indonesia’s Ministry of Agriculture.
Alcoholic beverages, cosmetics, drugs: prescription & non-prescription, foodstuffs including grain samples
Receiver to obtain permit from Indonesia’s Directorate General of Food and Drug Control. Personal importation is not allowed. Obtain a Certificate of Inspection (LS) for shipments under Incoterm FOB valued over US$ 1,500.
Films / movies
Obtain import licence from Indonesia’s Board of Film Censorship (Lembaya Sensor Film). Import duty contingent on film duration.
Hardback and paperback books for non-commercial use
Obtain special import permit from Attorney General.
Leather goods, plants and plant products
Shipper to obtain phytosanitary certificate. Receiver to obtain quarantine permit from Indonesia’s Ministry of Agriculture.
Lubricant oil products including lubricant grease
Obtain registered lubricant number licence from Indonesia’s Directorate General of Oil & Gas before shipping.
Medical/dental supplies & equipment
Receiver to obtain permit from Indonesia’s Ministry of Health before shipping.
State PERSONAL EFFECTS on waybill. To qualify for duty exemption, Indonesian citizens must obtain a statement of stay (2 years for government staff; 3 for anyone else). Include a packing list endorsed by the Indonesian Embassy at origin. Expats (only 1 allowance) must provide passport, resident & work permits.
Tapes: video cassettes
Subject to censorship. Duties contingent on the duration of the movie.
Import less than ten ready-made garments. Receiver must be registered as an ‘Importer of Certain Product’, obtain a Surveyor Certificate (pre-inspection from origin country) and provide quarter report to Indonesia’s Ministry of Trade.
Obtain quarantine permit from Ministry of Agriculture. Shipper must provide Original Phytosanitary Certificate.
Used or second-hand communications equipment
Receiver must obtain supporting paperwork from Indonesia’s Ministry of Trade and from SGS/Surveyor from Origin.
For machine & electronic parts, ship spares, and x-ray machines please contact DHL Customs Services before shipping.