Shipping to Indonesia
Indonesia is an exciting and exotic location which many expats travel to on their holidays initially, only to be bitten by the bug and wish to return permanently. Having decided that Indonesia is the place to move to you will quickly realise that there are lots of things to organise, including the transferring of your belongings. This is where finding the right international removal company to carefully plan out each detail of your move will be indispensable
Here at White & Company we take relocation very seriously. Established in 1871, we are proud to be one of the industries most respected, family owned removals companies. We’ve shipped just about every item imaginable to destinations around the globe, including Indonesia, Australia and the USA. Unlike most of our competitors, we own all of our buildings and vehicles and do not sub contract, a fact we take utmost pride in.
Whether we transport your personal belongings by sea or road, we can assure you of our quality and value for money service at all times, taking the stress out of your move. So whether you’re all set to go, or are weighing up your options still, don’t hesitate to contact White & Company today to see how we can make your dream move a reality.
Why Move to Indonesia?
Made up of more than 17,000 stunning islands, Indonesia is a diverse and beguiling country offering myriads of adventures, from stunning beaches and tropical rainforests to fiery (but largely dormant) volcanoes. The fourth largest country in the world in terms of population with over 260 million people spread across the different islands, 9 million alone call the capital city of Jakarta home.
Most people will immediately associate Indonesia as a holiday destination, but the islands are fast becoming a tropical haven for expats with an 83,000 strong community.
This is in large part thanks to a blossoming Indonesian jobs market. Many large corporations have set up on the island and offer attractive remuneration packages which include fully furnished accommodation, insurance and access to high quality schools. Combine this with the low cost of living throughout Indonesia and it is not hard to see why many are ditching stagnating western markets in favour of fresh opportunities on the equator.
Indonesia itself is a melting pot of Asian, Middle-Eastern and Western influences, reflecting its diverse population in a colourful array of art shows and film festivals. The nightlife in Indonesian cities is vibrant and modern and there is a thriving music scene with bands playing almost every night of the week. It should be borne in mind that Indonesian society is largely Muslim (85%) and so there are some cultural norms and practices to be observed. The dress code is modest and alcohol, although not prohibited can be expensive.
Regardless of their location in Indonesia, most expats find it takes a little time to adjust to the countries’ tropical climate. There are two monsoon seasons, the eastern monsoon from June to September, which is typically very hot and humid, and the western season from December to March, which sees very heavy rain fall. However, those expats able to acclimatise and who endeavour to integrate themselves into Indonesian society and respectfully observe its traditions, can expect a society rich in economic opportunities and adventure.
Working in Indonesia
All foreign nationals wishing to work and live in Indonesia are required to have a relevant work permit. Working visas are typically issued to individuals in senior professional and management, although the Indonesian authorities give express priority to Indonesian nationals were possible.
Permits are issued by the Indonesian Ministry of Man Power and a KITAS (Temporary Staying Permit) issued by Indonesian Immigration. Using a visa with the wrong category for working in Indonesia, or overstaying your visa, can lead to prosecution, potentially resulting in detention and deportation at your own expense.
Finding a job in the country is relatively easy but it is best to obtain a position before arrival. There are some very large businesses based in Indonesia such as Shell, Siemens and BP. Shell have been based in Jakarta for over 100 years and it is currently advertising for employees in the areas of engineering and project management.
Visit the following websites to find more jobs available in Indonesia:
Shipping My Effects to Indonesia
The whole moving experience can be incredibly stressful, especially so when relocating abroad. White & Company, with its 145 years of experience in the removal industry, can help make the process a lot less traumatic.
White & Company move thousands of families around the globe each year and have branches all over the UK. We can arrange a free no obligation home survey and quotation. It will be carried out by one of our qualified surveyors, who will be able to answer any of the questions and concerns you may have and offer advice where necessary.
The purpose of the survey is to determine the volume of effects you will be shipping. The cost of shipment is based on the space your effects will take up in the container. Following the visit, you will receive a written quotation.
We can arrange a free no obligation home survey and quotation. Our experienced surveyor will visit your home to conduct a pre-move survey to ascertain the volume of effects being shipped. This involves him/her walking through the property room by room noting what items are to be exported and recording it on his electronic tablet. A quotation will follow within 48 hours.
Our partners in Singapore can offer you storage. You may be renting for a while and may not need all of your effects to be delivered immediately. You can arrange for certain items to be delivered and once settled in your new home, the rest can follow. Please note that storage rates may apply.
When our quotation has been accepted and a move date has been secured, the vehicle and removal team will arrive at residence. The removal team will proceed to export pack and wrap all items being shipped and load onto vehicle for delivery to our closest depot.
We use a modern range of environmentally friendly, purpose-made packing materials and can pack everything for you prior to your move. All china and glassware will be wrapped in special paper and then packed in double-thickness cartons. Furniture can be wrapped in bubble blanket for extra protection. Items requiring specialist care, such as antiques, can be packed in made-to-measure wooden crates.
Historically it has been the case that foreigners were not allowed to purchase property in Indonesia. Since the late 1990’s new laws have been passed softening this stance and expats are now permitted to buy apartments and office space.
However, it also set tough requirements regarding foreign ownership of Indonesian property and obtaining a mortgage is equally as difficult. As a result almost all expats rent as the cost to do so is very cheap.
The capital Jakarta is a popular spot for expats owing to its establish international communities living there and its opportunities to socialise in family friendly spaces. Most British expats rent in the suburbs as tight local laws can restrict access to the centre. Homes usually come with gardens and pools and the areas are rich with community life as well as family friendly spaces. Pondok Indah, dubbed the ‘Beverly Hills’ of Indonesia is a particularly sought after location thanks to its plush properties, proximity to the Jakarta International school and excellent recreational facilities, including a world class golf course.
As a guide, to rent a property in the city of Jakarta would cost approximately Rp 5,758,250 (£302) to rent on the outskirts of the centre it is Rp 3,162,894 (£166). For a larger family sized home, you can expect to pay Rp 17,103,898 (£897) with prices rising substantially for the more hotly sought after expat suburbs of Pondok indah and Kemang.
For a little more information on purchasing property in Indonesia see below:
Moving to a new country is a huge, life changing experience and there will be a host of things to adapt to when you arrive. For some helpful tips and information on settling into life in Indonesia it is a good idea to visit some of the many expat forums online to learn from the experiences of others:
The general rule is that if you have never driven in Asian traffic it is best not to attempt to do so. Rules and regulations are ignored by the local population, and traffic is very heavily congested, particularly in Jakarta. If you do decide to drive, you must obtain a local driving licence or apply for an international licence from the Indonesian Motor Association (Ikatan Motor Indonesia).
For those looking to avoid the chaotic motoring scene, thankfully there is a range of public transport to choose from. Buses are frequent and taxi motorcycle riders take passengers at very cheap rates. Also, very popular are minibuses (bemos or angko), which operate in the towns and cities. Small air-con minivans carrying paying passengers (known in some areas as Taksi Gelap) are also common in some areas. There are even dokars or jingling, horse-drawn, two-wheeled carts!
Expats are not covered under the universal scheme offered by the Indonesian Government and the quality of public healthcare in Indonesia is not up to the standard that many Western expats have become accustom to.
Private medical care in private clinics is often the only way go to ensure that you and your family are adequately covered should anything go wrong. For those living not too far away from Singapore, it is advisable if you have the time and money to seek out the facilities there which are more in line with Western standards.
Pharmacies in Indonesia are known as ‘apotik’ and can easily be found in the large shopping malls scattered throughout all major cities.
The Indonesian Government, through the Ministry of Education and Culture, provides free education at public schools for Indonesian citizens up to the age of 15. Within the Indonesian local compulsory education system, there are two kinds of schools: national schools and national plus schools. The language barrier is one of the main reasons why expat children do not attend national schools in Indonesia, but another reason is the poor quality of education at these institutions.
Most expats send their children to International schools which will offer a foreign curriculum and are officially accredited with the relevant authorities in their home country. The British International School in Bintaro Sektor 9 is highly regarded, as is the Australian and Jakarta International Schools.
For more information regarding international schools visit the following websites:
White & Company
Providing International Removals since 1871
We recommend a visit from one of our Surveyors for all International moves, so that we can assess your requirements, and the volume of goods to be moved.
Popular Places to Relocate in Indonesia
- South Tangerang