Moving to Indonesia
Organizing your moving arrangements for an international move is just one of a myriad of tasks that you need to complete before you hop on the airplane! Closing bank accounts, making arrangements for sale/rental of your residence, getting visas organized, finalizing work issues, getting medical checkups and immunizations, saying goodbye to family and friends, etc. Nonetheless, organizing the moving of your family’s possession is an important process and, which, if conducted successfully, will greatly assist you and your family to get settled into Indonesia. Here are some important tips on organizing your move.
The survey is the opportunity for a salesperson to visit your home to estimate the size of your move and determine any special service requirements - this service should be free with all moving companies. It is best to start the pre-move survey walking room by room with the sales person indicating which items are to be moved. Also, when showing a survey consultant around your home prior to getting the quote, remember to show all your household items, including those stored under beds, in high cupboards and in a storeroom or garage. Take a moment to review the survey list from each moving company that provides you with a quotation.
Quotation and Confirmation
The selection process is, of course, very important. As well as making comparisons on price, it is important to consider the service quality each company is capable of providing. Above all, the moving company needs to understand that moving is a physical process, and their primary objective is to get your valued possessions to your new home safely. If in doubt about the quality of the moving companies that you have met with, perhaps you should check to see which of them have received FIDI-FAIM certification. FIDI-FAIM certification is the only internationally recognized quality standard specifically for the moving industry and is subject to regular independent audits. Visit www.fidi-faim.com to look up (by country) which movers in your location have achieved this certification.
Moving companies will quote the insurance cost as a percentage of your goods’ value. As each shipment’s value differs, you will need to complete a valued insurance inventory representing replacement cost at destination. You will normally be supplied with a proposal form breaking down items to be insured into various categories. Usually this is done room by room with separate sections for such items as electrical components, clothing, china and glassware. The completed insurance form should be provided to the moving company before packing, to ensure that you are properly covered. Insurance cover extends to loss or damage in transit. Also find out whether the insurance includes cover against mold and mildew, pairs and sets coverage and mechanical or electrical breakdown. Some companies will charge additional fees for these special covers. You should also check to see whether there is a deductible/excess applicable to any claim.
Packing & Loading
The relocation provider you have chosen should carefully wrap all furniture items, listen closely to your requests and have a supervisor in charge of the packing process. They should number all items being moved, check the quantity at both origin and destination and ask for your signature for verification. Reputable relocation companies are happy to pack each and every item, however if you like to sort or pack personal things yourself, then they should oblige and arrange delivery of boxes in advance. Should you choose to do any self-packing, check with the moving company on the insurance rulings, as most will not cover items that are packed by the owner.
Prior to the movers arriving, pack your personal documents (e.g. Birth and marriage certificates, bank records, insurance records, wills), medical records, driver’s licenses, flight tickets, passports and other valuables in a safe location. You should also back up your computer and remove the toner cartridge from your printer before the move.
If it is not possible for you to be present throughout the packing and loading, you should arrange for a representative (e.g., domestic helper, friend, colleague or relative) to be present and ideally you should make arrangements for your children to be looked after by a friend or colleague during the packing and delivery.
Don’t forget to double-check each room after packing to ensure nothing has been left behind.
If your goods require storage before being shipped, you should also request an inspection of the movers' warehouse to ensure that your valued possessions will be secure and safe.
Upon arrival, the crew should unpack all the cartons and place the goods as instructed by you. As your taste for placement will be different to the crew, it is a good idea to let them know the basic positioning of your furniture. All furniture items should then be unwrapped and set up where you specify, packing debris should be cleared away and all items accounted for before the delivery truck departs. Most companies will return for the used cartons at a later date if there are some boxes that you want to unpack at a slower pace.
Although delivery of items locally can be arranged so that the major items such as beds can be picked up and delivered in the same day for sleeping in, it may be more comfortable and less stressful to arrange a night’s stay in a hotel.
Also, some movers can arrange for a handyman to help hang up pictures and mirrors and to patch up holes in the wall at the old residence. Be sure to check with the mover whether they can provide this service.
And finally, remember to be a little flexible when arranging your delivery in Indonesia - as loading and delivery should be avoided at all costs when it is raining - and as you will find out, it rains a lot here in certain months.
And don’t forget to send change of address notices to the post office, magazine subscriptions, insurance company, bank, tax office, etc.
Customs Regulations for Indonesia: Please note that foreigners (excluding diplomatic staff) are only able to import their household effects into Indonesia if they are able to provide (i) Original Passport with visa (issued by Indonesian Embassy/consulate prior to arrival into Indonesia); (ii) Original Residency Permits (KITAS) - must be valid for 12 months and (iii) Original Work Permit - must be valid for 12 months. These documents usually take between two to six weeks to obtain after your arrival in Indonesia. You should ensure that your moving company sends your shipment for arrival in Indonesia to coincide when these documents will be issued to you.
- You can only import a ‘reasonable’ quantity of major appliances and electronic items.
- Only one sea and one air shipment is allowed per family and they must arrive within six months of the family’s official Residency permit issue date.
- All items must have been used for at least 12 months before being imported.
- CDs/DVDs, VCDs: These can only be imported in ‘reasonable’ quantities and should not be pornographic or politically sensitive.
- Alcohol: You are only entitled to import one liter of alcohol (wine, spirits, beer) per adult family member. Additional quantities will be subject to confiscation.
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