How to bring your car to Indonesia

Hello everybody,

If you exported your car to Indonesia, were there any formalities that needed to be completed beforehand? What were they?

What is the best way to export your car? Is there a limit on the number of vehicles, or perhaps the age of the vehicle? Are there limits on emissions or emission controls in Indonesia?

What are the expected costs of exporting a car? In your opinion, is it worth it?

Once you arrived in Indonesia, what were the applicable taxes? What was the customs process like?

How do you go about registering an imported car in Indonesia?

Is it best to buy a car once you have arrived or to bring your car with you, in your opinion?

We look forward to hearing from you!


The easy answer is "Don't".

Apart from the deliberately messy paperwork, the shipping costs and taxes will make it completely pointless and/or way too expensive to bother.

Anything worth shipping in will attract the luxury car tax as well as normal import duties and so on.

The system is designed to stop people bringing cars into the country so it's easier and cheaper to sell your car in your home country and buy a new one here.

As a note, the same applies to furniture and pretty much everything else apart from small electronics and clothes.

I just made the mistake of ordering to much value worth of small goods (over £100) from the UK, when I looked into it imported cars are usually taxed between 100/200% of value