The transportation of goods between China and Indonesia has become a vital conduit for trade and economic collaboration between these two neighboring countries. This article aims to talk about all matters in shipping to Indonesia and you will have comprehensive information in this field!

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Are you looking for logistics services from China to Indonesia?

We offer a variety of services based on your needs. Whether air or sea freight, JIKEship provides you with the best and most affordable transportation solutions for shipping to Indonesia.

Routes for Shipping to Indonesia

There are two main options for shipping to Indonesia: air freight and sea freight.

Sea Freight:

  • Route: China to Indonesia

  • Transit time: Approximately 15-30 days

  • Service Types: Door-to-door, door-to-port, and port-to-port transportation services from China to Indonesia.

  • Shipping Types: LCL (Less than Container Load) Shipping & FCL (Full Container Load) Shipping

Container shipping to Indonesia: 

Sea freight is one of the most popular modes of transportation and the primary way to ship goods from China to Indonesia. Ships can accommodate goods of various weights and sizes, and they do not have any restrictions on cargo transportation compared to airplanes and trucks. Sea freight is ideal in the following scenarios:

  • Your suppliers are located near major ports in China.

  • Your goods are heavy (over 200 kilograms).

  • You are not in a rush to receive the goods.

In China, we can ensure that your goods are exported from major ports such as Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Qingdao, Dalian, Tianjin, Xiamen, Hong Kong, and Macau.

We offer various services, including door-to-door, door-to-port, and port-to-port, to transport your goods from factories/retailers in China all the way to your address in Indonesia.

What are Full Container Load (FCL) and Less than Container Load (LCL)?

These two factors are crucial when it comes to sea freight from China to Indonesia. Here's a summary:

  • FCL involves importers purchasing an entire container and filling it with your goods. If you have a large volume of goods that can fill a container, choosing FCL makes sense.

  • LCL, on the other hand, is suitable when you have a smaller quantity of goods. Your goods will be transported in a shared container with other goods, which can save on shipping costs. However, it may take longer for your delivery due to the packing and unpacking process.

Sea Freight Process from China to Indonesia:

If you want to transport your goods from China to Indonesia, you should follow these steps:

  • Describe the product name.

  • Specify the total weight, quantity, and packaging of the goods.

  • Determine if the goods are sensitive or hazardous.

  • Provide the destination in Indonesia.

  • Specify the trade terms, such as FOB, FXW, CIF, etc.

Air Freight from China to Indonesia:

Sea Freight:

  • Route: China to Indonesia

  • Time: Approximately 3-7 days

  • Service Types: Airport-to-airport, door-to-door, airport-to-door, and door-to-airport transportation services from China to Indonesia.

  • Major Airports in China: Shanghai, Chengdu, Xi'an, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Kunming, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, and more.

  • Suitable Scenarios:

        Your goods are less than two cubic meters and 200 kilograms.

        You are in a hurry to receive/send your cargo.

Many people believe that air freight from China to Indonesia is much more expensive than sea freight. While it may have a higher cost, it has advantages that must be considered. These advantages include speed, easy tracking, flexibility, high security, light packaging, and lower insurance costs.

How is the price calculated for air freight from China to Indonesia?

Air freight is a complex mode of transportation, and there are two concepts to consider: actual weight and volumetric weight.

The actual weight of your product is calculated based on the gross weight and net weight.

The greater value between the actual weight and volumetric weight is considered.

  • The volumetric weight is calculated as (Width x Length x Height) / 6000.

In short, if you ship bulky goods, you will likely be charged based on dimensions rather than weight. If you need more answers on the calculation method or have further questions, please consult the experts at JIKEship. We are happy to assist you.

Are there any weight or size requirements for shipping to Indonesia?

We can handle the transportation of goods of various weights and sizes from China to Indonesia. However, there may be some limitations depending on the mode of transportation and route. Please contact us for more information.

Customs Clearance for Sea Freight from China to Indonesia

Can goods be shipped to Indonesia duty-free?

Yes, they can! As a member of the ASEAN community, Indonesia is part of the ASEAN-China Free Trade Area (ACFTA), which eliminates tariff barriers for 90% of traded goods between the two regions. This explains why there is a significant chance for your goods to be completely exempt from customs duties and taxes.

Documents Required for Shipping to Indonesia:

  1. Bill of lading

  2. Invoice

  3. Certificate of origin

  4. Packing list

  5. Testing or inspection certificates

  6. Insurance

Not all of these documents are required in every case, as the document requirements may vary depending on the mode of transportation. Having a good understanding of the current regulations and consulting your freight forwarder will help ensure the smooth transit of your goods.

If you are unsure about the required documents or have any confusion while preparing them, please contact us. We will assist you with import and export customs clearance.

What items are prohibited from shipping to Indonesia?

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Note: Every country has its own list of prohibited items. Indonesia is no exception, and below are some key items that are prohibited:

  • Firearms and explosives

  • Illegal drugs

  • Pornographic materials

  • Counterfeit goods

  • Hazardous substances

  • Endangered species and wildlife products


Do you offer door-to-door delivery service?
Yes, we provide door-to-door delivery service for our customers, including pickup, transportation, customs clearance, and delivery to the final destination.

How do I know if my goods are subject to any import duties or taxes?

The import duties and taxes for your goods will depend on the type of goods and their country of origin. JIKEship experts can assist you in determining any applicable import duties and taxes for your goods.

Can you provide additional services such as packaging or labeling?
We can provide additional services such as packaging and labeling to ensure your goods are properly prepared for shipment.

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