Indonesian Customs NO longer allows a privilege of free import duty to retirement visa holders. Import Duty Fees will apply to the shipment. The privilege of free import duty is provided by the Indonesian Customs one time only to those who are holding BOTH KITAS (residential permit) and IMTA (employment permit) with the validity of one year. Import Duty will apply to incomplete documents and/or the validity of less than 12 months. To obtain the free import duty facility, the customs clearance process must be within three months of your arrival to reside in Indonesia.
Indonesians returning to Indonesia require a “Surat Keterangan Barang Pindahan/Surat Keterangan Pindah” reference letter and certified (stamped) packing list from the local Indonesia Embassy. The shipment will not be cleared without the reference letter. List all items to be shipped and getting approval that this is in fact a household good shipment (as opposed to someone shipping in new goods to be sold). List the larger items (2 beds, 6 chairs) and smaller items can be grouped (2 boxes bedroom linens, 3 boxes children’s books, etc.). This statement letter from the Consulate/Embassy will be stamped (consularized) and attached to the packing list in the shipping documents.
Shipments under the name of Indonesians married to a (non-employed) foreigner will need to obtain the reference letter from the local embassy and will need to pay Import Duty. The shipment will NOT be cleared without the reference letter from the consulate. This letter is consularized by the Consulate as proof of your overseas residence.
We suggest that you use “door to door” shipment services so that the moving company in Indonesia can sort out the paperwork and clearance for you. Just talk with your moving company in Indonesia first and discuss that that you are on a retirement visa/ITAS, so there won’t be any working permit requirement applied for the shipment clearance.
Door to port shipping will be cheaper, but you’ll have to deal with the customs officials yourself (not advised), or through a separately hired clearance Indonesian agent. Time your shipment so that it’s not sitting in the Indonesian port facility for a long time, incurring storage charges.
FOI can assist you in obtaining an Indonesian retirement visa . If you are interested, please complete the form below.