Export to Indonesia

Indonesia is Southeast Asia’s largest economy. Though rich in natural resources, consumption and labour productivity play a large role in fuelling the country’s growth.

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.



Indonesia Fact Sheet (2 MB)

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DHL Facts

Locations: 140

Gateways into the Country: 6

Number of Service Centres: 21

DHL Delivery Zone: 7

Vehicle Fleet: 240

Indonesia: Country Profile
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
Transit Times
The times provided for
dutiable shipments
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
  • Further Information

    DHL can assist you with trading with Indonesia. Contact the DHL Express team on 1890 725 725

    DHL Customer Services is also available on 1890 725 725

  • Duty Free Allowance

    All shipments are subject to duty and taxes as Indonesia Customs do not offer a duty free allowance.

Essential Customs Information

For an estimate of landed costs (duties, taxes and other import fees) for shipments going to Indonesia use the free and interactive DHL Express Trade Automation Services (TAS) tool, TAS also provides information on regulations compliance and trade documentation.

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:

Prohibited items specific to the Indonesia:

The list below is in addition to DHL’s standard list of prohibited items.

  • Antiques
  • Asbestos
  • Dangerous goods, hazardous or combustible materials
  • Explosives and weapons
  • Firearms, or parts of
  • Furs
  • If originating from Zimbabwe: animal products including skins and raw leather materials
  • Gambling devices
  • Ivory
  • Jewellery
  • Laser disc
  • Pornography
  • Precious metals & stones
  • Printed matter written in the Indonesian language (Bahasa) or Chinese characters

Restricted items specific to the Indonesia:

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.

Animal products
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.

Personal effects
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.

Textile articles
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.